Shortly after the UFC London card wrapped up, co-main event winner Leon Edwards interrupted a Jorge Masvidal interview with a bit of trash talk. Masvidal evidently didn’t appreciate what he was hearing, and approached Edwards, challenging the Brit to say it to his face.
Seconds later, the punches were flying, as Masvidal uncorked a blistering, bare knuckle combination on his rival (see it here).
Despite this wild, post-fight scrap, Leon Edwards’ team has confirmed no legal action will be pursued against Jorge Masvidal.
Speaking to Brett Okamoto after this unexpected skirmish, Jorge Masvidal, who knocked out Darren Till in the UFC London main event, explained why he let his hands fly on Edwards.
“So I’m doing my interview, and this hooligan comes by saying some stuff,” Masvidal explained. “[He says] ‘July, you’ll get your ass kicked in July.’ And I go ‘Maybe bro, cause whatever, maybe I want to kick your ass in April. Maybe I don’t want to wait till July. Maybe I don’t even want to fight you cause you’re not worth the training camp. I’ll fight you here, you’re a scrub.’
“So I tell him ‘Just say it to my face like a man. You’re saying it walking away. We’re both men.’ As I walk up to him, I’ve got my hands behind my back to signal I’m not coming here for problems. But he put his hands up like this [raises fists]. It’s on video, and he walks towards me. Well, where I’m from, if you do that, you’re going to punch me in the face. That’s not going to happen. You’re a JV beta. You are what you are bro, you’re just a loser in life. You’re not going to get a hit off on me. So I did the three piece with the soda, and then just glided out of there. Then some of his friends tried to sucker punch me… those guys did a big mistake.”
Do you think we’ll see Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards settle their differences in the cage in the future?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 3/17/2019.