Leon Edwards Sends Message to Jorge Masvidal After Backstage Brawl: ‘Now You’re F---ed’

By Tristen Critchfield Mar 17, 2019


Leon Edwards won his seventh consecutive bout at UFC London on Saturday, but the only fight that anyone wanted to talk about afterward was his backstage encounter with Jorge Masvidal.

Masvidal was giving an interview on the heels of his knockout of Darren Till in the evening’s main event when he began exchanging words with Edwards, who was nearby. “Gamebred” then left the interview set to confront Edwards, and moments later, the two welterweights engaged in a brief scrap before being separated by security.

Masvidal appeared to get the better of the altercation, as Edwards suffered a cut under his eye. The Miami-based fighter claims that he didn’t initially intend to throw punches.

“So I’m doing this interview, and this hooligan comes by saying some stuff: ‘July, get your ass kicked in July – July.’ And I go, ‘Maybe,’” Masvidal told ESPN. “But whatever. Because maybe I want to kick your ass in April. Maybe I don’t want to wait until July. Maybe I don’t even want to fight you in a prize ring, because you’re not worth a training camp. I’ll just fight you here. Because you’re a scrub.

“So I tell him, ‘Just say it to my face like a man.’ You’re saying it walking away. We’re both men, you know. And as I’m walking up to him, I’ve got my hands behind my back to signal I’m not coming here for problems. But he put his hands up like this – it’s on video – and walks towards me. Well, where I’m from, if you do that, you’re going to punch me in the face, and that’s not going to happen. You’re a f---ing dork; you’re JV, beta. You are what you are. You’re just a loser in life. You’re not going to get a hit off me. So I gave him the three-piece with a soda, and then just glide out of there.”

Edwards saw things a little bit differently. The 27-year-old Brit did not attend Saturday’s post-fight press conference, but he did release a statement via Instagram.

“And Jorge, fair play sneaking your shots in when you could, But now you're f---ed,” Edwards wrote. “If security wasn’t there you wouldn’t have made it back to the US, I’ll see you soon.”

Edwards has quietly climbed the rankings in a crowded welterweight division. After taking a split decision over Gunnar Nelson in the co-headliner, “Rocky” called for a showdown with the UFC London main event winner, which turned out to be Masvidal.

In addition to Nelson, Edwards has earned wins over the likes of Donald Cerrone, Vicente Luque and Albert Tumenov during his current winning streak. Whether it’s Masvidal or someone else, Edwards is in line for another big fight in his next Octagon appearance.

“Very happy with my performance last night against a very high caliber opponent in Gunnar Nelson. Much respect to you Gunnar, that was a great fight and look forward to seeing you bounce back,” Edwards wrote. “Thanks to my team, friends, family and the fans for everything.

“Birmingham stand up! As I said - that's [seven] in a row in the hardest division in the sport and I'm coming for everyone. World champ 2019 mark my words. If you're not with me now, you will be.”

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