Jorge Masvidal says he'll 'murder' Leon Edwards when they meet

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For the better part of this calendar year, Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards have engaged in an ongoing war of words. The rivalry stems from a well-documented altercation backstage at UFC on ESPN+ 5 in March, when Masvidal (34-13 MMA, 11-6 UFC) slapped Edwards (18-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC).

A guest fighter at Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 14 in Montevideo, Uruguay, Masvidal didn’t take his foot off the gas in the trashtalk department. The surging welterweight laid into Edwards once again, speaking directly to the Englishman (video via MMA Fighting).

“Gamebred” denied Edwards’ claims Masvidal had recently turned down a fight against him. The 34-year-old welterweight Masvidal made it a point to say if/when the Edwards grudge match does take place, it’ll be on his terms – and his terms only.

“It’s not going to be on his terms or whenever the (expletive) he wants it,” Masvidal said. “It’ll always be on mine. That’s what bothers him so much inside. He’s got to look at this interview and people are going to call him and tell him.

“You’re a (expletive) nobody. I run this show. You listen to me. When I say I’m going to kick your (expletive) ass, I’m going to kick your (expletive) ass. I’m going to get paid now. Like I said, 16 years I’ve been chasing this dream of getting the belt. You think I’m going to let some (expletive) bug like this guy even slightly throw me off my road, my destiny towards my greatness? Towards the belt? I’m going to get the belt and I’m going to eliminate him off the face of the earth.”

Though noncommittal to an immediate matchup with Edwards, Masvidal implied an eventual meeting is inevitable. In the eyes of Masvidal, it’s more of an issue of “when” than “if.” Unimpressed by Edwards’ recent success, Masvidal chose to share a few more choice words directed at his rival.

“I’m so happy that he’s winning,” Masvidal said. “And, I’m so happy that maybe somebody might think he’s a (worthy fight). Because everyone was saying Ben (Askren) was an amazing fighter before I fought him with all this grappling stuff. But after I five-seconded his ass, they’re saying he’s overrated.

“I’m going to beat Leon so bad, they’re going to say the same (expletive) about him. They’re going to say he’s overrated. There’s not one bone in my body that is not agreeing with what I’m saying. I’m going to murder that guy when we fight. He’s a scrub. You are a scrub, Leon, and you (expletive) know it. The fight will take place when I (expletive) say so. So sit there and eat those (expletive) words. I’m going to break that guy’s face.”

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