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Leon Edwards And Jorge Masvidal Are Finally Booked For Grudge Match

It seems like an eternity ago that Jorge Masvidal gave Leon Edwards a “three-piece and a soda” backstage after a UFC event, but that was back in 2019. Since then, the two men seem to have been destined to fight one another and it was recently announced that we will get that matchup. At UFC 269 on December 11th, we will finally get to see the fight we all have been dying to see. There has been a lot that has happened since their first encounter and now, and it all plays a factor in trying to pick their fight. Let’s break it down.

Leon Edwards

There might not be a more disrespected fighter on the UFC roster than Leon “Rocky” Edwards. Edwards has not lost a fight since 2015 (I am not counting the no contest from March of this year) and in his most recent fight looked very sharp, for 23 minutes, against Nate Diaz. You can make the argument that Edwards has been on the cusp of a world title fight for quite some time now, and I am of the belief that he should have been next as I mentioned in my fights to make post from his last fight. I also mentioned in that article that I did not want to see Leon Edwards fight Jorge Masvidal. Why? I can explain.

There is zero part of me that wants to see this fight. Stylistically, this is a nightmare for Masvidal. Edwards has the advantage anywhere the fight goes. If this fight stays standing? Edwards outboxes Masvidal and batters him. If this fight finds a way to the ground? Edwards has an underrated ground game. He may not be known as a finisher, but when push comes to shove Edwards has shown an ability to get his opponent out of there. At 30, we definitely have not seen the best Leon Edwards ever, but I know we have seen the “best” Jorge Masvidal.

Jorge Masvidal

I truly am sorry to have to be the one to break the news to any fans of Jorge Masvidal leading into this fight with Leon Edwards.

But Jorge Masvidal sucks.

I don’t think his heart is in it anymore. He is so wrapped up with all this Paul Brothers bullshit that there is no way he will be able to focus and properly train for a massive fight like this. He claims he wants to be a contender again but let’s be honest: he looked like garbage in his last fight against Kamaru Usman, plus his age does not help his case (36). He has dropped back-to-back fights and 4 out of his last 7. He may be a draw because he is some sort of a cult-like hero among MMA fans, but I see right through it. I see a guy who is not exceptional at any one given thing and doesn’t possess quality, well-rounded skills. As I look at this fight, I honestly see zero way that Masvidal is able to pick up a victory.

Prediction

This fight is a no-brainer to me. Leon Edwards and Jorge Masvidal are booked to fight at UFC 269, and it will be a quick night for Rocky. If this fight doesn’t go past the second round, I am not honestly surprised. If I was a betting man, and I most certainly am, I would throw money at Edwards via KO/TKO and Edwards to win outright. Go ahead and place your bets when you can and you can thank me later.

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