Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards to settle feud at UFC 269
UFC has a history of delivering huge grudge matches for the fans enjoyment. Monday the UFC announced that BMF champion Jorge Masvidal will renew his rivalry with Leon Edwards. The best way to describe this beef is simple “three-piece and a soda.” Back in March of 2019 in London during a post fight interview Edwards said something to Masvidal and walked over to his rival and delivered 3 open handed shots while Edwards was being held back by security.
Both men clearly don’t like each other so their fight in December should be explosive and a possible fight of the year contender. For Edwards, he is on a 10-fight unbeaten streak; his last fight, he defeated Nate Diaz via unanimous decision to emerge as a serious title threat at 170lbs. The UFC decided to give Colby Covington the rematch instead. Since Edwards missed out on a massive opportunity to fight for a title, they gave him the next best thing fighting a guy he hates. If Edwards wins, there seems to be no doubt he will get a title shot.
As for Masvidal, he is coming off of two straight losses to Usman but remains one of the top welterweights in the game today. He is still a huge PPV draw with his explosive fighting style and ability to sell a fight. His three-fight winning streak of Darren Till, Ben Askren (via flying knee in 5 seconds), and Nate Diaz significantly elevated his profile and helped him become one of the more recognizable names on the UFC roster. Masvidal as of late has also shown interest in wrestling, showing up in AEW starting a feud with Chris Jericho.
As part of this news, it’s also been reported that the men's flyweight title fight between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo will be moved to UFC 270 in January. Lightweight champion Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier are expected to headline the event, with Amanda Nunes versus women’s bantamweight contender Julianna Pena as the co-main.