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Leon Edwards still has unfinished business with Jorge Masvidal. Way back in March 2019, Masvidal and and Edwards got into a verbal spat. Moments later, Masvidal ran up on Edwards and cracked him — the infamous two piece and a biscuit moment.
That’s nearly four years ago now, and there’s been talks of a more official fight all the while. Masvidal largely ignored Edwards’ calls to fight, but the two were eventually matched up to fight at UFC 269 in 2019. Unfortunately, an injury to Masvidal derailed the planned contest. Since then, their careers have moved in different directions.
Edwards is the undisputed champion, entering the new year off one of the best knockouts in history over the reigning pound-for-pound king. Masvidal, meanwhile, has lost three straight fights, though in his defense, a pair of them were title fights against Kamaru Usman. Regardless of the circumstances, Masvidal’s losing streak is shutting down Edwards’ attempts to earn revenge.
He even would have been willing to face “Gamebred” in London at UFC 286 had Masvidal won just a single bout.
“I don’t like him that much, but I’m rooting for him to win so I can fight him,” Edwards told Believe You Me (via MMAFighting). “He just keeps losing so it’s hard to make the fight make sense. I even said if he went out there and fought in like December, January … Gilbert [Burns] or somebody, beat one of them, then I’ll fight you in March. Then get Usman in the Summer or something. Let him rest his hands a bit then I’ll fight you in March, but he didn’t even do that.
“We’ll see. Skillset-wise, it’s two different levels. His career is doing that, mine’s doing this. It’s hard to make the fight make sense right now. But that’s a fight I need to happen and want to happen.”
Next up for Edwards is the Usman rubber match scheduled for UFC 286 on March 18, 2023. Win or lose, a showdown with Masvidal will remain a hugely profitable option, but it sure lines up a lot better if Masvidal can return to the win column.
I have a lot of respect for anyone willing to let their limbs be annihilated in pursuit of victory, but like … you gotta know when to fold ‘em!
Gantumur Bayanduuren suffered a torn ACL, MCL, and meniscus, and a broken ankle, in that leg lock by Mikey Musumeci.
No official recovery timetable, but it’s estimated to be around 12 months.
— Nicolas Atkin (@NicoSCMP) January 17, 2023
Kevin Holland’s hand appears to be healed up. Who should “Trailblazer” fight next?
I liked Jeff Molina’s fights, so this is a bummer. We’re really just starting to get into the consequences of the James Krause controversy …
❌ Fighter removed: Jeff Molina
— UFC Roster Watch (@UFCRosterWatch) January 17, 2023
Fight Circus responds to the biggest free agent in the business:
Get to know Brandon Moreno! I’ve spent a small bit of time around “Assassin Baby,” and he really is a lovely guy.
Meldonium is a drug that can help boost stamina and conditioning.
UFC flyweight Carlos Mota has been temporarily suspended after testing positive for meldonium following his fight against Cody Durden this past October, per the Nevada Commission.
His actual punishment will be handed down at a future meeting.
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) January 17, 2023
I recently read that Antonio Carlos Junior will be on Brazil’s Big Brother reality show, which may explain his absence from the start of the 2023 PFL tournament.
Brian Ortega and Tracy Cortez have both removed all the pictures together on their instagrams
And Tracy changed her instagram name back to Tracy R. Cortez, before it was Tracy R. Ortega
— Sabatello and Poirier Stan (@SabatelloStan) January 17, 2023
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Nong-O is nasty!
Another great boxing highlight:
The Frankie Edgar running single leg pickup is pretty safe … unless this happens.
I hated this.
Midnight Music: Rock-n-Roll, 1972
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.