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‘Can’t wait to get my revenge’: Leon Edwards wants MASSIVE fight with Jorge Masvidal to punish him for sucker punch in 2019, but admits ‘Gamebred’ needs wins to justify clash
- Leon Edwards knocked out Kamaru Usman to become UFC Welterweight Champion
- He wants to deal with Jorge Masvidal, who is on the losing side
- Edwards accepts that the logical battle to wage the next is the Usman trilogy
- But Brit says he can’t wait to get revenge for Masvidal’s sucker punch
Leon Edwards ‘can’t wait for revenge’ against Jorge Masvidal after the American sucker beat him backstage in London three years ago.
Fresh from his stunning KO win over Kamaru Usman, the newly crowned welterweight champion accepts that the logical next step is a trilogy between them.
But further on, “Rocky” has his eye on a match-up with Masvidal, given the bad blood between them.
Leon Edwards defeated Kamaru Usman with a head kick in the final round of UFC 278
Jorge Masvidal is a man desperate to face ‘Rocky’ in the future for revenge
Masvidal (right) punched Edwards in bizarre turn of events at the O2 Arena
Dana White has already confirmed that the UFC is trying to settle the Usman trilogy in the UK, likely in early 2023.
But later on, Edwards has no doubts that he will get his hands on ‘Gamebred’.
He told The Jim Rome Show, “Yeah, 100 percent. That’s on my list. But right now, Jorge, he’s on a two-three fight losing streak.
“He needs to go out there, get some wins and make the fight meaningful. That’s a fight that I think would be huge for the UFC. I can’t wait to take revenge on him.’
Usman was separated from consciousness, but is likely to have a rematch soon
Masvidal defeated Darren Till at the O2 Arena in 2019 and in the aftermath was filmed cutting an interview briefly backstage before approaching Edwards.
He beat the Briton and took blood before security could step in and there has been animosity between the pair ever since.
Edwards has had time to reflect on his victory at UFC 278, which came after a last minute KO when he lost on the scorecards.
‘[The kick was] a bit like a hot knife through butter, just perfect (laughs),’ he continued. There was no pain, there was just a perfect impact.
Usman defeated Edwards until he caught an incredible shot to end the fight
“I see the way he folded and I went for some ground and pounds, but he was already gone. It was a fantastic moment.
“I think Usman deserves the trilogy. I would love to have it back in the UK. In Wembley would be good.
“The O2 would be good in London. But yeah, I’d love to give him the rematch. Run it again, let’s settle the score.’