LONDON — A postfight melee broke out backstage between UFC welterweights Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards on Saturday shortly after Masvidal’s beautiful victory over Darren Until in the primary occasion of UFC Battle Evening at O2 Enviornment.
Masvidal (33-13) knocked out Until within the second spherical of their struggle. Minutes later, whereas Masvidal was doing a stay interview with ESPN backstage, Edwards walked by and directed some phrases towards him. Masvidal left the interview to confront Edwards and was then caught on digital camera throwing and touchdown a number of punches to Edwards’ face. The 2 had been rapidly separated, and the incident didn’t escalate additional.
Edwards suffered a lower beneath his left eye and was handled earlier than leaving the world. Sources advised ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that native police went to the fighters’ lodge in London to research.
Jorge Masvidal shocked the hometown favourite, knocking Darren Until out chilly with a tough left hook in Spherical 2 of their bout Saturday within the UFC London headliner.
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Earlier than the altercation, Edwards, who defeated Gunnar Nelson through unanimous resolution within the co-main occasion Saturday, had advised ESPN he had hoped to struggle Masvidal subsequent.
“I am doing my interview, and this hooligan comes by, saying stuff like, ‘July, you may get your ass kicked in July,'” Masvidal mentioned. “I am going, ‘Perhaps. No matter. Perhaps I wish to kick your ass in April. Perhaps I do not even wish to struggle you within the Octagon as a result of it isn’t value a coaching camp, I will simply struggle you proper right here since you’re a scrub.’ I mentioned, ‘Simply say it to my face, like a person. You are saying it as you stroll away. We’re each males.’
“I had my arms again to sign I am not coming right here with issues. However he put his arms up — it is on video — and walks in direction of me. Nicely, the place I am from, you do this, you are going to punch me within the face. And that is not going to occur.”
Masvidal claimed he was defending himself as a result of he felt Edwards “threatened my life.”
Jorge Masvidal knocks out Darren Until with a left hook within the second spherical.
“I used to be scared,” he mentioned. “It won’t have appeared it, as a result of I am cold-blooded, however I used to be scared out of my life. I mentioned, ‘This hooligan is right here and goes to assault me.’ He should not have carried out that and walked in direction of me like he was going to punch me. I obtained the primary one in. Am I going to be in bother as a result of I obtained the primary one in?”
Edwards’ administration crew mentioned he is not going to search prices towards Masvidal.
“Leon is ok,” his crew mentioned in a press release. “We’ll cooperate with the UFC as they examine the matter.”
UFC president Dana White expressed shock over the postfight altercation, telling ESPN, “I can not even imagine that this occurred. We have to do a significantly better job of constructing positive this s— would not occurred at any of our occasions.”
UFC senior vp David Shaw advised reporters he had seen video of the incident however did not have any additional particulars about any potential subsequent steps that could possibly be taken.