Jorge Masvidal pulled out of the upcoming fight against Leon Edwards. These two were supposed to fight at UFC 270 to close out the year with a much-anticipated grudge match which has the built for nearly three years.
Back in England after his win over Darren Till, during the post-fight interview Leon Edwards interrupted Masvidal, Masvidal did not take it lightly and gave Leon the infamous 3 pieces and a soda treatment. Leon wants this fight ever since.
Leon has stacked a 10 fight unbeaten streak, but he is yet to be the star he should be to fight for the belt. His last two fights, last two years in general have been pretty unfortunate, to say the least. Either he had issues with COVID restrictions or fighters not accepting and/or pulling out of fights, Leon has not had the best of times when it comes to outside of the octagon.
Even inside the octagon, his fight with Belal Mohammad ended with an eye injury (no contest), and the last round against Nate Diaz, nothing has helped him to convince the people and UFC brass that he deserves his title shot, which he might have earned 3 fights back.
This fight against Masvidal was perfect because of the grudge they have and the stardom of Masvidal. But with Masvidal out, will he take on the previously booked match-up in the fast-rising contender in Khamzat Chimaev or his old frienemy Gilbert Burns.
Edwards could wait and fight Usman for the belt but it may not be the best decision on his part. As Dana has said several times when the UFC calls you should fight. If Leon does not fight and in the meanwhile, if the UFC books Gilbert Burns vs Khamzat Chimaev and Chimaev wins that fight, there is no way Leon is going to get the Usman fight over Chimaev.
Leon does not seem interested in staying on the card for another fight and would like to face Kamaru Usman for the belt later next year.
Khamzat Chimaev and other welterweights including Nick Diaz have shown interest in the Leon fight.
Let’s see in what direction the UFC would go with Leon.