Leon Edwards coach insists Jorge Masvidal will have to wait at the back of the line if he wants to challenge the newly crowned champion.
The bad blood continues between Leon Edwards and Jorge Masvidal, but it may be some time before we see the pair square off inside the UFC’s Octagon.
Edwards shocked the world this past Saturday at UFC 278 by coming back to knockout Kamaru Usman in the dying minute of the fight. After attaining gold, the welterweight division set their sights on the Jamaican-born, with callouts raining in from all angles.
Masvidal and his manager were among those quickly campaigning for the fight.
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“3 piece and a soda time. Yes we except Leon Edwards” Jorge’s manager Tweeted.
After Masvidal assaulted Edwards in 2019 backstage at UFC London, the Birmingham native insisted he wanted that fight for revenge, but Masvidal never took much interest. However, after UFC 278, conversations have changed.
Edward’s long-time coach Dave Lovell doesn’t believe Masvidal deserves a third crack at the championship after undergoing a three-fight skid.
“Leon has been climbing the hill for a long time, as you know,” Lovell told MMA Junkie. “And he’s tried to reach the top and each time he does, he’s been knocked back, knocked back, knocked back. But now he’s climbed the top. Now he can be the one at the top of the mountain knocking back people. Well, you can stand at the back of the line, Mr. Masvidal, for starters.
“… Mr. Masvidal, you little rat Judas, your time will come also, but we’re picking on our terms. The same way you told Leon wait at the back of the line, well you wait now, mate, because Leon is at the top of the hill.”
It appears Edwards and Usman will meet for the trilogy, with Masvidal rumoured to be fighting Gilbert Burns. So, this fight will have to wait.
If Masvidal can get himself back in the win column, can we expect to see this heated rivalry with Edwards be settled?