Masvidal suffered an undisclosed injury during his training camp, which forced him out of the highly anticipated showdown with Edwards on Dec. 11.
“Disappointed but honestly I knew this fraud didn’t want to fight me anyway,” Edwards wrote on Twitter. “He was just a stop off on the way to the title. The goal remains the same. Much needed family time now, Kamaru Usman, I will see you soon.”
Disappointed but honestly I knew this fraud didn't want to fight me anyway. He was just a stop off on the way to the title. The goal remains the same. Much needed family time now, @usman84kg i will see you soon.— Leon 'Rocky' Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) November 10, 2021
Prior to the fight booking with Masvidal, Edwards held out hope that he would earn a title shot against Usman with a 10-fight unbeaten streak that dates back to 2015.
Edwards’ last loss came against Usman by decision, and he’s since sought a rematch with the welterweight champion while putting together an impressive winning streak.
Edwards ultimately decided to settle a longstanding grudge with Masvidal in December after Usman was booked against Colby Covington at UFC 268. Usman went on to retain the belt with a win over Covington by unanimous decision.
Edwards’ interest in the Masvidal fight stemmed from a backstage altercation in 2019 that saw the welterweights nearly get into a brawl after they both picked up wins on the same card in London.
With Masvidal sidelined due to injury, Edwards will opt out of a potential replacement opponent at UFC 269 and instead wait for his chance to face Usman in 2022.