Will the UFC book Leon Edwards – Jorge Masvidal?

Leon Edwards

Last week the UFC‘s BMF teased fight fans when he tweeted out that he would be returning soon. Jorge Masvidal (35-15) has been spotted in Las Vegas this week ahead of his teammate’s trilogy with Conor McGregor.

Masvidal has said that he’s ready to return and this week his agent said that they were targeting October or November. Originally, the Masvidal camp was pushing for a matchup with either Nick Diaz or Colby Covington.

However, neither one of those fights look like they’re available. Nick Diaz is going to be facing Robbie Lawler in September while Dana White reiterated to MMA Junkie that Colby Covington would be fighting for the UFC welterweight title next.

Covington’s title shot also means that Leon Edwards (19-3, 1 NC) is not getting the title shot. Edwards has won a staggering nine fights in a row with a no contest thrown in there. He just fought at UFC 263 where he defeated Nate Diaz by decision.

Masvidal and Edwards have some history after they had an altercation backstage in 2019. Perhaps it’s finally time for the UFC to book the grudge match that’s a couple of years in the making. Dana White said that he likes the idea.

Will the UFC book it?

Leon Edwards is in a really tough spot. He does deserve to fight for the UFC welterweight title, however, if he wants to do that next, he’s going to be waiting a while. White told MMA Junkie that the rematch between Usman and Covington would take place later this year.

If Edwards wanted to hold out, he wouldn’t fight again until the spring. After missing so much time over the past couple of years, I would advise Edwards to stay active. So if he stays active, who in the UFC’s welterweight division makes sense.

Well, it comes down to what Leon Edwards wants. If he wants a fight that will help build his brand before a title shot, he should take the Masvidal fight. If he wants a top contender coming off a win, maybe look to the UFC 264 co-main event’s winner.

There are several options, but I think the best option for both men is to fight each other. For Masvidal, it would get him right back into the title picture. For Edwards, it would give him another win over a star which would cement his case to fight for the title in 2022.

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