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Leon Edwards: ‘It’s madness’ if Jorge Masvidal clinches title shot from Ben Askren win

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Leon Edwards is baffled by the reports suggesting that Jorge Masvidal could be getting a title shot on the back of a win over Ben Askren.

Edwards faces the biggest challenge of his career to date in the main event of UFC San Antonio when he clashes with former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos this Saturday. As he looks to improve his win streak to eight against the Brazilian, he underlined how he never saw Askren as a front-runner in the division.

“I never held Askren in high regard anyway,” Edwards said. “He just shouted his mouth off to get to where he’s at. He’s an amateur on the feet, I’ve watched him hit pads and it’s weird; even his shots are slow. He came in, he talked his way up into the position he was in and then he dipped his head into a knee.”

“Rocky” doesn’t believe that Masvidal’s two-fight win streak justifies a title shot. On Tuesday, Masvidal’s manager Malki Kawa tweeted that a fight for the title or a clash with Conor McGregor are the only options that make sense for “Gamebred”.

“It’s madness, really. I don’t know where all of this title talk is coming from. Just two fights ago he was on a two-fight losing streak, he was probably gonna get cut from the UFC. I think the title talk is nonsense. It’s madness, but f*ck it, it is what it is,” he said.

Edwards called for a showdown with Masvidal following their altercation in the aftermath of UFC London. Although the fight hasn’t come to fruition yet, there’s not doubt that the Birmingham native is still keen to make it happen.

“I’d be happy with a straightener [fist fight] in the park. Bring him over to Texas and we can get it straight after the fight. We need to fight.”

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