Leon Edwards strongly believes that Jorge Masvidal is avoiding him because he is “one of the worst matchups” for “Gamebred” in the welterweight division.
“Rocky” has been campaigning for a fight with Masvidal ever since the two clashed backstage at UFC London, but Masvidal has underlined his intentions for to fight for the title in his next outing.
After a one-sided win over Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of UFC San Antonio last weekend, Edwards again called for Masvidal. Masvidal then took to social media to reply, claiming that the Birmingham native was “putting fans to sleep” with his performances before underlining his proximity to the title.
“He’s making every excuse in the book,” Edwards told MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast.
“Every time I ask for the fight he’s got another excuse — it’s always, ‘No,’ because of something. He’s a journeyman of the game. He’s [on a run of] 2-2 in his last four fights. I see him as a journeyman, he’s had two lucky wins. He’s going around demanding things like he’s done something. Why won’t he prove to everyone that he’s one of the best fighters in the world? He’s talking like a gangster, so stop running off, stop making excuses and let’s make this fight happen.”
Edwards claimed that Masvidal is nothing compared to his last opponent, former UFC lightweight champion dos Anjos, a win which increased his streak to eight — the second longest in the division next to champion Kamaru Usman.
“I’m one of the worst matchups for him,” said Edwards. “He’s nothing compared to RDA; I believe that RDA is a way better fighter than him. I believe that he knows that once he’s locked in the cage with me he’s got no chance of winning that fight and that would be his title dream gone. He’s doing everything he can to hold onto that little spot that he’s got to get a title shot, but I don’t think he deserves it. He needs to fight me.”
Edwards helped pen an article for ESPN in the lead up to last weekend’s clash, shedding light on the hardships he dealt with growing up in Kingston, Jamaica and how he fell into gang lifestyle as a teenager in Birmingham. Although he had not told the world about his past until that point, in hindsight he admitted he found it funny when people suggested he was afraid of Masvidal following their scuffle in London back in March.
“Just after it happened when I went on social media, people were like, ‘He’s not about that life,’ and, ‘He’s scared’ — those people don’t have a clue about my life, what I’ve been through and what I’m like. It’s laughable to me, I laugh at those comments. [Masvidal] is a weasel, he’s not on my level, I’ll school him when the time comes, and I’ll show the world again that I’m the best fighter in the world.”
Check out the latest episode of Eurobash. The Leon Edwards interview begins at 11:00.