Jorge Masvidal has pledged to ‘do everything in my being to end’ Leon Edwards ahead of the welterweight division’s biggest grudge match at the end of the year.
Masvidal, 36, will meet Edwards, 30, at UFC 269 in December, over two years on from the pair’s clash backstage in London, where Gamebred sucker punched his British rival with a three-punch combination known as the three-piece and a soda.
Edwards has been keen to avenge that incident, but Masvidal has spent the past two years pursuing greater things, including the BMF title and the 170-pound title, losing out to champion Kamaru Usman on two occasions.
Jorge Masvidal has vowed to ‘do everything in my being’ to end Leon Edwards at UFC 269
Now, with Rocky enjoying a 10-fight unbeaten streak, Masvidal has agreed to fight the in-form welterweight, with the winner likely to fight for the title against the victor of Usman vs. Colby Covington.
And the popular American has vowed to ‘end’ his rival in Las Vegas, predicting that Edwards will ‘run for dear life’ when the cage closes later this year.
‘I’m going to try to do everything in my being to end this person,’ Masvidal told The MMA Hour. ‘Leon’s going to do everything in himself to do what he’s always done — put his track shoes on and turn it into a track meet and run, and run for dear life.
Gamebred believes that Edwards will ‘run for dear life’ when the Octagon closes this year
‘So I don’t care how much of a grudge match it is or what he says, because the guy’s a coward.
‘He’s going to throw punches and run and get on his bike and run and run. I’ll cut the ring off eventually and I’ll land the blows that I need to land on him, slow him down, and I’m going to take him out.
‘But don’t expect a lot out of him as far as the actual fight. He’s going to hit-and-run, I’m telling you.’
Edwards will pocket his biggest payday at UFC 269 and Masvidal added that he has the superior pulling power in another dig at his rival.
The 36-year-old is looking to bounce back after being knocked out by Kamaru Usman in April
‘I know that he’s getting his biggest paycheck ever, and it’s because of me,’ Masvidal said. ‘And the whole time, from the start of him calling me out, I’ve always said I’m going to fight this guy — but when I say.
‘The whole time he was saying that he wasn’t going to fight me, then I said, “You know what? I’m going to fight you right now.” And guess what? Who’s fighting me right now?
‘He does what I say, when I say. So we’re fighting again when I say.’