One of the most hotly anticipated fights of the year is off after Jorge Masvidal withdrew from his bout with Leon Edwards at UFC 269.
The two were finally set to meet up after years of back and forth following a backstage brawl between them at UFC London back in 2019.
The bout was set to take place at UFC 269, alongside Amanda Nunes defending her bantamweight title against Julianna Pena and Dustin Poirier challenging Charles Oliveira for the lightweight title.
However the UFC have now confirmed that ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal has suffered an undisclosed injury in the build up to the fight and been forced to withdraw from the bout.
It is unclear if the UFC is looking to keep Edwards on the card with a late replacement, but the Briton seems as though he has turned his attentions to a title shot against Kamaru Usman now.
Edwards is on a ten-fight unbeaten run, with nine wins in a row disrupted only by a no-contest against Belal Muhammad at UFC Vegas 21 due to an accidental eye poke in a fight he was dominating.
Usman is reportedly interested in a bout happening in the future, having cleaned out the rest of the division. Edwards’ last defeat came against the now-champion back in 2015 via a unanimous decision.
After yet another victory over Colby Covington at UFC 268 last weekend, Usman is now looking for new contenders and Edwards could prove to be just that.
Others have thrown their name in the hat to be a late replacement for Masvidal though, with both Khamzat Chimaev and Muhammad again looking to make a match-up against the Birmingham native.
Edwards commented on his official Twitter account after the news broke calling Masvidal a ‘fraud’ and claiming he never expected the fight to happen.
Masvidal’s withdrawal comes just days after Covington called him out following his UFC 268 defeat, claiming he should pull out of the fight so they can run it back.
It seems ‘Chaos’ may have gotten his wish…