Leon Edwards will be none too pleased if Jorge Masvidal gets title shot

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SAN ANTONIO – Leon Edwards said after his impressive UFC on ESPN 4 victory over Rafael dos Anjos that he wants his grudge match with Jorge Masvidal next.

There are some complicating factors in this.

Colby Covington fights Robbie Lawler next month at UFC on ESPN 5. A Lawler upset could put Masvidal into a title fight with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. But a Covington win would very likely put him in the title shot, meaning Masvidal would be free to face someone else.

And Edwards believes that a fight between him and Masvidal, with whom he got into a backstage altercation in March at UFC London, would be exactly the fight to prove his point.

Unlike most of the fight world, Edwards said during his UFC on ESPN 4 post-fight scrum that he was not at all impressed with Masvidal’s five-second flying-knee knockout of Ben Askren at UFC 239.

“Who has Masvidal beat?” Edwards said. “He beat Ben Askren, Ben Askren has fought nobody. He got a close victory against Robbie (Lawler). Apart from that I couldn’t tell another person who’s he beat that’s a big name. He went to China or wherever it was and stacked a 9-0 record, came to the UFC, and then talked a lot of (expletive), and then he got to No. 5 above me, which is weird.”

That clearly galled Edwards, whose win over former lightweight champ dos Anjos was his eighth in a row and 10th in his past 11. The eight-fight winning streak is second longest at welterweight to Usman’s 10.

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