Edwards On Unfinished Business With Masvidal And Woodley’s S*** Music
Leon Edwards and Jorge Masvidal hit the headlines last year at UFC London. Both men won their respective fights that night, Edwards defeating Gunnar Nelson and Masvidal spectacularly knocking out Darren Till. However, it was what happened outside the cage that night that is once again gaining traction.
A backstage altercation ensued and Edwards has now claimed that ‘cage or no cage’, their paths will cross again.
“I’m going to get my hands on him. Cage or no cage, me getting my hands on him is the main goal. Let’s say they fight for the title, Usman and Masvidal, Usman beats Masvidal, I wouldn’t want to fight Masvidal. Or vice-versa, he beats Usman, I’ll fight for the world title. Or I beat Usman, he fights me for the world title so either way, this year we’re going to fight. That’s the big fight,” Edwards told MMA Junkie.
Edwards is interested in fighting Kamaru Usman once again with Usman being the only opponent to defeat him in the past four years.
“Both fights got a story behind it. Usman, last guy to beat me. Masvidal whacked me in London. They both got a great selling point for a big fight, a big pay-per-view. Either way, each fight is big money.”
Although no stranger to altercations outside the Octagon, Edwards has slammed the altercation that occurred between Masvidal and Usman recently at the Super Bowl Radio Bowl. UFC President, Dana White was quick to state he was not a fan of such behaviour. Edwards agrees with and says it makes MMA and the UFC look fake like the WWE.
“It is a weird time to be in MMA. It is like WWE-esque kind of thing. I’m just focusing on me and when the time comes I’ll handle it,” Edwards told BJPenn.com.
For now though, Edwards is busy preparing for UFC London, which takes place on March 21st. Edwards will be facing the former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, and he is hoping that Tyron will be bringing the best version of himself to the Octagon.
“I’m prepping for the one that beat Robbie Lawler. I want that Tyron. I want the best version of himself. I feel I’m number one so I believe I’ll beat him even on his best day. That’s the one I’m prepping for and that’s the one I’m aiming for.”
The fight in London was being spoken about for more than four weeks before it was confirmed. Speaking on the MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast recently, Edwards claims there were no delays from his end.
“I think the hold up was more on his part. I was ready to go, he was making excuses as to why he doesn’t want to fight and he doesn’t want to come to the U.K., but he had no choice – they basically just forced him into this position and now here we are. They’ve put his back against the wall, now he has to fight an up and coming guy. He said he wanted to get a title shot, but now here he is – he’s going to KO’d stiff in my home country and then after that I’m going to go for that world title. It worked out perfectly, it’s all good.”
Edwards went on to say how he upset Woodley and got blocked by him on Instagram.
“I put out a meme [about his rap career] on my Instagram and he DM’d me and everything, and then he blocked me. He blocked me and everything – he took it really personal because I brought up his s*** music. To me it’s all banter, he’s taking it seriously, but there’s nothing much you can do. He’s saying, ‘I’m angry now,’ and blah, blah, blah, but he’s still going to come in and do the same thing. He’ll throw a few kicks, a few takedowns, there’s only so much you can do. I’m just looking forward to the fight, it’s going to be a good one.
“I put the meme up and I can’t remember what it was. I deleted it and he blocked me after. I don’t know the DM was something like, ‘You punk-ass, I’m going to knock you out,’ and blah, blah, blah…and ‘I make more money than you’…just a bag of nonsense, really. I deleted it after and then he blocked me. I think I really got on his nerves…but he is a crap rapper…everyone knows he’s s***! I don’t understand what the issue is.”
Edwards even claimed he might walk out to Woodley’s music at UFC London as he knows that that would really get under his opponent’s skin.
“I might walk out to his music – that might be funny. That would be a good little dig at him before the fight! We’ll see.”
On a more serious note, Edwards did acknowledge that Woodley will be his toughest opponent to date.
“On paper, it’s my toughest fight, but we’re not going to know until we get in there. I’ve been there before where I thought I was going to have a tough fight, and I’ve got in there and it’s been easy, so we’ll see. On paper, he’s the most accomplished guy I’ve fought, but I don’t know – I’m ready for whatever he brings.”
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