Leon Edwards calls out arch nemesis Jorge Masvidal to fight him on January 20


‘Where that b**** Jorge at?’: Leon Edwards wastes no time in finding replacement for Khamzat Chimaev as Brit calls out arch-nemesis Masvidal to fight him on January 20 – over a year and a half after the two came to blows backstage at UFC event in London

  • Leon Edwards calls out arch-nemesis Jorge Masvidal to fight him next month
  • The Brit was due to fight Khamzat Chimaev but the fight has been cancelled
  • Edwards wasted no time in finding a replacement, labelling Masvidal as a ‘b****’
  • It comes after the two came to blows backstage at a UFC event in March 2019 

Leon Edwards has wasted no time in finding a replacement for his fight with Khamzat Chimaev after the Brit issued a scathing callout to his arch-nemesis Jorge Masvidal over Twitter.

Edwards’ blockbuster UFC clash with Chimaev, which had already been pushed back from December 19 after Brit tested positive for coronavirus, was due to take place on January 20 but was cancelled for a second time on Tuesday.

The reason behind the decision to call off the welterweight fight is not yet totally clear though it has been reported by Frontkick that it is Chimaev’s side who have had to pull out.

The American and Edwards have bad blood following an altercation at a UFC event in 2019

Leon Edwards (left) has called out arch-nemesis Jorge Masvidal (right) to fight him next month

Edwards took to Twitter on Tuesday night to call out Masvidal and label him a 'b****'

Edwards took to Twitter on Tuesday night to call out Masvidal and label him a ‘b****’

While many fans were hoping for the bout to be rearranged for a later date, Edwards is still planning on fighting at the UFC event next month and it’s clear there’s only one opponent on his mind.

After clarifying that he will stay on the January 20 card, Edwards said on Twitter: ‘Where that b**** Jorge at?’

From a UFC perspective, the fight makes total sense, with Edwards and Masvidal both holding the No 3 and No 4 spots in the welterweight rankings respectively.

Edwards was due to fight Khamzat Chimaev (pictured) on January 20 but it has been cancelled

Edwards was due to fight Khamzat Chimaev (pictured) on January 20 but it has been cancelled

However, it’s the bad blood between the two – which stretches back to March 2019 – that will have fans desperate to see them face inside the octagon.

At a UFC Fight Night event in London, Masvidal cut his post-fight interview short following an impressive win over Darren Till to attack Edwards backstage.

Edwards, who won the co-main event against Gunnar Nelson, was confronted by the American before they briefly exchanged words and then traded blows.

Since then, Edwards has been desperate for vengeance and he wants it on January 20. 

‘I prefer [the Masvidal] fight over Gilbert [Burns],’ Edwards told SCMP MMA in July.

Masvidal (right) and Edwards (L) have bad blood since they traded blows at an event in 2019

Masvidal (right) and Edwards (L) have bad blood since they traded blows at an event in 2019

The two welterweight fighters had to be separated by bouncers and security guards

The two welterweight fighters had to be separated by bouncers and security guards 

‘[UFC welterweight champ [Usman] said he wants to have a little time out with his daughter, his children, and chill for a bit. 

‘If they come to me and say “Gilbert or Masvidal,” I’d prefer Masvidal for what happened in London, backstage. We’ve got a genuine beef between us. That would be a bigger fight, a more entertaining fight.

‘(The beef) will never go away until I get my hands on him. Even after, it wouldn’t go away.’