The UFC have finally announced that Leon Edwards will face Jorge Masvidal before the end of the year as they look to settle their feud at UFC 269.
‘Rocky’ and ‘Gamebred’ have been in a war ever since the UFC London card back in March 2019, when both men picked up a win over Darren Till and Gunnar Nelson respectively on the night.
They’ll now finally get to settle their differences in the cage after nearly three years of going back and forth on social media, with a three-round bout in December.
Edwards, who has a professional record of 19-3, is unbeaten since a decision defeat to current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman back in 2015 and is currently riding a ten-fight unbeaten streak (nine wins, one no-contest).
His last bout was a hugely impressive five-round decision win over Nate Diaz back in June at UFC 263, just two months after Masvidal suffered his second consecutive defeat to Usman in a 170lbs title shot at UFC 261.
It was the first time in Masvidal’s career that he had been knocked out, with Usman shutting his lights out in the second round. The two defeats snapped a three-fight win streak for Masvidal, starting when he knocked out Till in London.
That night the war between Edwards and Masvidal began backstage, when Edwards interrupted the Miami native while he was doing a post-fight interview.
Masvidal approached Edwards and attacked him, landing the now infamous “three piece and a sofa” which left Edwards with a cut under his eye.
The rivalry has been brewing ever since, with Masvidal not wanting to give Edwards any air-time while Edwards was left on the shelf for two years due to the pandemic.
They will finally now get it on in a three-round welterweight bout on the same card just a month after Usman defends his title again against Colby Covington.
A win for Edwards will surely earn him his first title shot, while a win for Masvidal will put him back on track for title contention – although he will certainly need more than just the one victory to get another shot at the belt.
UFC 269 will take place on December 11th in a location yet to be confirmed. The card will be headlined by a UFC lightweight title fight between Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier, while Amanda Nunes will take on Julianna Pena in the co-main event for the women’s bantamweight title.