Leon Edwards Rips ‘Fraud’ Jorge Masvidal After Bout Canceled

Leon Edwards
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UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards has spoken out for the first time since Jorge Masvidal pulled out of their UFC 269 bout, and he isn’t happy.

Edwards was supposed to finally settle his beef with Masvidal in the octagon in a three-round main card bout at UFC 269. But, it was reported earlier today that Masvidal won’t be able to compete due to an undisclosed injury.

It is unclear as to whether or not Edwards will remain on the UFC 269 card, but he sounds coy about what’s next for him. In a recent tweet, Edwards ripped Masvidal for pulling out of the fight while appearing to look ahead to a welterweight title shot against Kamaru Usman.

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“Disappointed but honestly I knew this fraud didn’t want to fight me anyway,” Edwards said. “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.”

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Edwards is coming off of his UFC 263 win over Nate Diaz by unanimous decision. Fans were distraught upon hearing of Masvidal pulling out of the UFC 269 bout, after what many believed would be the ‘peoples’ main event’ of the card.

Masvidal was set to face Edwards after the two of them brawled backstage two years ago following a UFC London event. The two welterweights have gone back-and-forth in the media and on Twitter since that moment.

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Masvidal and Edwards were looking forward to a potential No. 1 contender bout at UFC 269. Belal Muhammad, Khazmat Chimaev, and Gilbert Burns are just a few of the names who have made their interest known regarding a fight with Edwards on short notice.

What do you think should be next for Leon Edwards?

Curtis Calhoun is a Combat Sports Contributor based in Seattle, Washington. After a longtime dream of becoming a sports journalist, he was able to accomplish his goals upon graduating from Washington State University in 2016.