JORGE MASVIDAL blasted Leon Edwards as a ‘coward’ and vowed to ‘END’ him at UFC 269 as they prepare to settle their feud.
The welterweight rivals will put bragging rights on the line on December 11, three years after they brawled backstage at UFC London.
Jorge Masvidal callled Leon Edwards as a ‘coward’[/caption]
Leon Edwards will fight Jorge Masvidal at UFC 269[/caption]
Masvidal, 36, promised to make Edwards, 30, ‘run for dear life’ in the octagon and mocked the Brit for the attack three years ago.
He told the MMA Hour: “I’m going to try to do everything in my being to end this person.
“Leon’s going to do everything in himself to do what he’s always done — put his track shoes on and turn it into a track meet and run, and run for dear life.
“So I don’t care how much of a grudge match it is or what he says, because the guy’s a coward.
“He’s going to throw punches and run and get on his bike and run and run.
“I’ll cut the ring off eventually and I’ll land the blows that I need to land on him, slow him down, and I’m going to take him out.
“But don’t expect a lot out of him as far as the actual fight. He’s going to hit-and-run, I’m telling you.”
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Masvidal is returning after two consecutive losses to welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, the most recent a brutal knockout in April.
Edwards is unbeaten in ten fights and six years, last beating American star Nate Diaz, 37, in June.
He is the No1 contender for the title, which will be contested for at UFC 268 on November 6 in a rematch between Usman, 34, and Colby Covington, 33.
But Edwards accepted a fight with Masivdal to settle the score after their infamous melee.
That night, he had beaten Gunnar Nelson on the undercard while Masvidal knocked out Darren Till in the main-event.
Edwards then made a passing comment while his divisional rival was being interviewed, sparking the punch-up.
Recalling the incident, Masvidal said: “I’m here doing my own interview, doing my thing.
“I just got Fight of the Night, I just got Knockout of the Night, and I don’t give a f*ck about you, Edwards — why are you ruining my interview?
I’m going to try to do everything in my being to end this person.
Jorge Masvidal on Leon Edwards
“This is my time to shine — you’re trying to steal that, you’re trying to talk s***. Nobody gives a f*** about you in your own hometown.
“You just had a fight that night, nobody was even talking about his fight because it was so boring. And he’s just a clout chaser.
“That’s always what he’s been. I got into this sport because I actually love the sport, I love to fight, I love to compete.
“This guy got into the sport because, I don’t know, maybe he thought he could score a first date or something with some chick.
“It’s all going to show on December 11th.”
Nate Diaz was beaten by Leon Edwards[/caption]
Jorge Masvidal was knocked out by Kamaru Usman[/caption]