UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards is disputing Jorge Masvidal’s account of a postfight scuffle between the 2 backstage on Saturday on the O2 Area in London.
Masvidal, whereas doing a stay interview with ESPN, left halfway by way of to confront Edwards. Masvidal then threw just a few punches towards Edwards’ face, leaving a reduce beneath his left eye.
On Monday, Edwards spoke concerning the incident for the primary time.
“We had been each doing media,” Edwards stated on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Present. “I used to be strolling previous. He was gazing me. I stated, ‘Are we combating in July?’ He walked out of his interview. I walked in the direction of him, as properly. After which he threw two photographs, and that was it.
“It is a bunch of nonsense actually. However his day will come.”
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A backstage scuffle broke out between Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards on Saturday after UFC Battle Night time in London.
Masvidal advised ESPN’s Brett Okamoto late Saturday evening that he was “defending myself” as a result of “this hooligan threatened my life.”
“I had my fingers again to sign I am not coming right here with issues,” Masvidal stated. “However he put his fingers up, it is on video, and walks in the direction of me. Properly, the place I am from, you do this, you are going to punch me within the face. And that is not going to occur.
“I gave him a three-piece with the soda and simply glide out of there.”
Edwards, who stated he obtained two stitches for the reduce, stated Masvidal’s reasoning was a bunch of lies.
“Who does that? Why would I stroll in the direction of him with my fingers up?” Edwards stated. “If I did do this, he would not have the ability to land nothing on me. He threw just a few photographs, and the safety grabbed us again, and that was it. That was the entire state of affairs. He received away this time, however it’ll by no means occur once more.”
The backstage altercation overshadowed stellar performances for each Masvidal and Edwards.
Masvidal (33-13) bounced again from a two-fight skid to knock out former UFC welterweight title challenger Darren Until within the first spherical in his opponent’s dwelling nation.
Edwards (17-Three) is now on a seven-fight win streak after soundly defeating Gunnar Nelson in three rounds.
“What I did Saturday to Gunnar Nelson — that needs to be the primary subject,” Edwards advised Helwani on Monday. “I really feel I deserve the title shot proper now. However that struggle [against Masvidal] has to occur both earlier than or after. That struggle will occur.”