EXCLUSIVE: UFC champion Leon Edwards tells long-term rival Jorge Masvidal to ‘get on his knees and BEG’ for a title shot… as welterweight king welcomes a fight with ‘anyone in the top five’ in his defence of the belt
- Leon Edwards has told Jorge Masvidal to ‘beg’ for a chance at a UFC title fight
- The two had been scheduled to fight last year but Masvidal withdrew
- Edwards then claimed the welterweight belt with a win over Kamaru Usman
- The Brit now says a fight with him and Masvidal is ‘difficult to make sense’
British UFC star Leon Edwards has told long-term rival Jorge Masvidal to ‘get on his knees and beg’ for a chance at the welterweight belt.
The two fighters have been tipped to share the octagon since 2019, when they had a backstage altercation following Masvidal’s dramatic knockout win over Darren Till in London.
But when their scheduled bout in December last year got scrapped – due to Masvidal withdrawing with injury – Edwards moved on and fought welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in a five-round war for the belt.
Leon Edwards has told Jorge Masvidal to ‘get some wins under his belt’ to earn a title shot
The American is on a three-fight losing streak but has been calling out Edwards recently
In dramatic fashion, he delivered Usman his first-ever loss with a brutal head-kick to become the UFC welterweight champion. And with the belt wrapped around his waist, Masvidal has began calling out the British fighter.
Last month, the American claimed Edwards should ‘accept the fight and get this payday’ although the latter says it’s hard to envision a bout between them taking place.
Edwards told Sportsmail: ‘I’d love to have that fight but he keeps losing! It’s difficult for the fight to make sense – our careers are going in two different directions.
‘Go and get some wins under his belt and that’s a fight that could happen. Like I said on social media, if gets on his knees and begs me, I might consider it!’
Prior to their cancelled bout in December, Masvidal had suffered back-to-back defeats by Usman before fighting welterweight contender Colby Covington in March this year – which he lost via unanimous decision.
Edwards extended his unbeaten streak in the UFC to 11 fights – stretching back to 2015
Jorge Masvidal fell to consecutive losses against former champion Kamaru Usman
In contrast, Edwards’ ascension doesn’t seem to be slowing down at any point. The 31-year-old extended his unbeaten streak to 11 fights in-a-row when he claimed the welterweight belt.
He’s shown he’s not afraid to challenge anyone and that mentality has stuck with the champion, as he welcomed a fight with any of the division’s top five fighters.
Edwards said: ‘Anyone in the top five. I know that one day, I’m going to have to fight all of them.
‘It doesn’t matter who comes first and who comes last. I believe I am number one. When the time comes, I’ll be there as the champion – ready to go.’
Edwards has shared the octagon with a number of UFC legends – such as Nate Diaz (L)
Two of those contenders include Khamzat Chimaev and Colby Covington who are being lined up to fight on the same card Edwards will headline in England next year.
UFC boss Dana White suggested that Edwards will make his maiden title defence in a trilogy fight against Usman on that card, which the Brit welcomed the prospect of.
He said: ‘Yeah for sure 100 per cent. Like I said, get it back home to the UK. March or April, whenever it is. I’m ready to go now.
‘I think it’ll be the same as last time – I’m going in there for the finish! That is my main focus. I’m going there to let everyone know that I am the champ and that it wasn’t no luck. Next time, it’ll be an easier fight. I’m excited.’
Leon is the Birmingham ambassador for youth charity Onside. It’s an organisation that champions youth work and provides opportunities for young people. To find out more visit: https://www.onsideyouthzones.org/
The UFC star was honoured in Birmingham for his achievements within the sport last week
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