The UFC is closing in on a welterweight match-up between Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards.
The epic 170-pound bout is scheduled to go down at UFC 270 on December 11.
Sources close to ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto were the first to break the news. The UFC 270 pay-per-view card is shaping into one massive event as the heavyweight title unification bout will serve as the headliner. As of this writing, there is no confirmed venue or location for this giant fight card.
“UFC is in the process of finalizing a welterweight bout between Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards at UFC 270 on Dec. 11, UFC Chief Business Hunter Campbell tells ESPN. Sneaking this one in before the end of the year. Gotta love it.” Brett Okamoto posted.
Jorge Masvidal, 36, returns after two failed title bids against the reigning champion Kamaru Usman. While the superstar saw success in their first fight on Fight Island, the electricity among the Flordia crowd was something different. The two traded blows early, and it seemed like Masvidal was getting Usman to open up. In the end, the 170-pound titleholder reminded the world why he is stacking up the title defenses. After losing by knockout, Masvidal fans have been patiently awaiting the return of “Gamebred”.
Leon Edwards, 30, unbeaten in his last nine outings, is poised to have another huge fight on his hands. Last year, the Englishman was tasked with fighting the cult-favorite Nate Diaz. Despite winning the fight handily, most only remember when Diaz scored a late combo that clearly wobbled the 30-year-old.
The fight is a long time coming as the two famously got into a scuffle while Masvidal was in London, England for the Darren Till fight. After Masvidal scored the massive knockout on enemy territory, he delivered the infamous ‘three-piece and a soda’ to Leon Edwards afterward. Masvidal has been calling for whatever fight would get him closest to the 170-pound title and he has found it.
Do you think Jorge Masvidal can bounce back against Leon Edwards?