Jorge Masvidal has recently done something he says he has never done in his nearly two-decade career. He withdrew from battle.
Due to a secret injury, Masvidal (35-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC) withdrew from his scheduled UFC 269 bout against Leon Edwards (19-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC), a resounding match between two of the top of the welterweight division. -ranked fighters. While he continues to keep injury details, Masvidal revealed on Wednesday his intended timeline for a return.
“(It was) a good injury,” Masvidal said in The MMA Hour. “There was a good injury. I think I never signed a battle deal and withdrew sometime. In my entire history in the UFC, this is my first time. I don’t want to discuss the actual injury I received. It should affect me for five to six weeks. The reason is that I never discuss my injuries online, why? Why should I give information about myself? “
In a perfect world, Masvidal would push back the fight with Edwards six weeks back – something he asked the UFC to do. However, he understands why Edwards is put on fighting champion Kamaru Usman next for the title rather than sitting down for Masvidal to heal.
“I told the UFC we could push it back further,” Masvidal said. “It’s according to Leon, and according to his initial response, he doesn’t want to wait and I don’t blame him. If he has a chance to fight for a title or wait another two months for me, I don’t know what he wants to do or nor do I give af * ck. I only know if he wants to go February or March, we can go. If he doesn’t want to wait, then he’s next. ”
Edwards claims he knew Masvidal would withdraw from the fight, but “Gamebred” doesn’t understand the logic behind that. If Edwards wants to say what he says, Masvidal thinks he should mend the fight and find out.
“(Edwards) could respond to all of this and make all of that true and known (by) just fighting in March,” Masvidal said. “Shut up. Wait for me. Fight in March. Whatever, you know? I have a history by my side. I’ve always gained weight. I’ve never withdrawn from a signed agreement. I have a history by my side. For the first time, I’m coming off two losses I just have to make sure I get in there healthy and well to give it my all.If he wants to wait until February or March, I can behead him visibly for the world to see.If he doesn’t, I mean what can I do , you know? ”
If given a choice between Edwards and friend-turned-rival Colby Covington, Masvidal would choose the former. In his mind, he has made a deal and thinks he owes Edwards a piece. Although, the prospect of getting his hands on Covington (16-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) also sounds nice to Masvidal.
If it were right now on this particular date and time, I would say I would have beaten Leon’s ass because I signed up. I made a deal like a man like, ‘Hey, I’m going to fuck you.’ I want to hold on (true) to that as much as possible. But if that can’t happen, of course I’d like to hit Colby’s face. We’re talking about the biggest coward in my sport, all across all sections, all sports.
“This fellow is the cowardly king. He can’t control himself from a coward, so I’d like to smash his face and get a nice reward from it. But in this particular time, since I signed first for Leon, I would like to address his b * tchass first and then we will take care of the delicate that guy. Now, he’s changing his thing where he’s a kind guy and nasty. Usman hit his ass so hard and now he’s the kind guy. Damn, what a distressing turn of events, right? That ugly coward. ”