Edwards: Masvidal's 'day will come,' but first more pressing matters


SAN ANTONIO – Leon Edwards has never been a huge fan of trash talk. But after his last fight at UFC on ESPN+ 5, Edwards (17-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) found himself in one of the most intense extracurricular moments in recent UFC history.

Backstage following the event, the 27-year-old welterweight engaged in a war of words with the evening’s main-event victor, Jorge Masvidal. “Gambred” didn’t take lightly to Edwards’ talk and struck him in the face.

Saturday night will be a change of pace for Edwards as he will headline UFC on ESPN 4 against Rafael dos Anjos (29-11 MMA, 18-9 UFC), a fighter not known for his trash talk. UFC on ESPN 4 takes place Saturday at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. The card airs on ESPN.

When he spoke to reporters at a UFC on ESPN 4 pre-fight media day Thursday, Edwards conveyed his disdain for Masvidal, but said he’s still more focused on a title shot than a grudge match.

“My aim is to be world champion,” Edwards said. “I’m not chasing Masvidal. Like I said that fight will happen either next or after the title shot. That fight will happen down the line. My aim right now, my focus is to beat ‘RDA’ (on) Saturday night and then get to the rematch with Usman. But the Masvidal fight will happen.”

The Jamaican-born U.K. resident later added, “Masvidal is a (expletive), and he did what he did, but his day will come. We’ll prove to the world he’s this ‘gangster’ he thinks that he is. We’ll prove to the world he’s a ‘gangster.’”

After everyone had calmed and Edwards returned home after the British event, Edwards realized how much buzz the squabble had garnered. His co-main event victory over Gunnar Nelson was so lost in the shuffle, Edwards joked it was like the fight never happened at all.

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