The UFC’s “Baddest Motherf*****” is back, according to a recent report.
On Monday, October 11, 2021, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported that the promotion is finalizing a fight between No. 6-ranked welterweight Jorge Masvidal and No. 3-ranked Leon Edwards. As per Okamoto, the UFC’s chief of business Hunter Campbell confirmed the fight will take place on December 11, 2021, at UFC 270.
“UFC is in the process of finalizing a welterweight bout between Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards at UFC 270 on Dec. 11, UFC Chief Business Hunter Campbell tells ESPN,” Okamoto tweeted. “Sneaking this one in before the end of the year. Gotta love it.”
Moments after Okamoto shared the news, Masvidal tweeted: “You’re welcome #supernecessary.”
Masvidal and Edwards have had each other in their crosshairs every since their altercation backstage at UFC Fight Night 147 in March 2019. While “Gamebred” was speaking with ESPN after his KO win over Darren Till in the main event, he and Edwards got into it, starting verbally and getting physical after the fighters approached each other.
The moment birthed one of Masvidal’s most famous lines, hitting “Rocky” with a “three piece and soda.”
Watch the incident below:
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Edwards Recently Said He Was Waiting for a 170-Pound Title Shot
Edwards is on one of the most impressive streaks in the UFC, going unbeaten in his last 10 fights. He’s defeated nine fighters in this current run, including former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, Nate Diaz, Donald Cerrone and Vicente Luque.
Earlier this year, the Englishman took on Belal Muhammad and the fight was ruled a no contest after Rocky poked the fighter in the eye.
Edwards has a professional MMA record of 19-3 and Rocky recently tweeted that he was going to wait for a welterweight title fight, dismissing a possible fight with Masvidal, who is on a two-fight losing streak.
“My next fight will be for the world title I don’t want to hear nothing about a guy coming off 2 fight skid and Got ko his last fight,” Edwards tweeted on September 15, 2021.”
Edwards’ last loss came at the hands of reigning UFC 170-pound champion Kamaru Usman in 2015, years before “The Nigerian Nightmare” became the welterweight king.
In his most recent win, Rocky defeated Diaz in a five-round contest at UFC 263 in June 2021, winning via unanimous decision.
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Masvidal Has Lost Back to Back to The Nigerian Nightmare
Masvidal has had a chance at UFC gold in his last two fights, taking on Usman in July 2020 and April 2021, at UFC 251 and UFC 261, respectively. In their first scrap, The Nigerian Nightmare defeated “Gamebred” by unanimous decision.
Nine months later, Masvidal received a rematch with Usman. And the fight went even better for Usman that time around, handing Gamebred his first career KO loss.
Masvidal, who has a professional MMA record of 35-15, has made it clear he intends to work his way to another title fight, and getting through Edwards in December is a super necessary first step.