Jorge Masvidal should consider himself lucky. At least that’s how Leon Edwards sees it.
Both welterweight fighters came away with big wins Saturday night at UFC on ESPN+ 5 in London. Masvidal knocked out Darren Till in the main event, while Edwards took a split decision from Gunnar Nelson in the co-headliner.
Afterward, things got out of hand between Masvidal and Edwards backstage at The O2. Masvidal was minding his own business, doing an interview, when he was interrupted by Edwards trash talk. At that moment, Masvidal turned his attention to Edwards and calmly walked toward him with his hands behind his back. When he approached him, Masvidal threw a combination of punches that caused a cut under Edwards’ eye.
The entire incident was caught on video by ESPN cameras. Masvidal has already offered his side of the story, saying he struck first because Edwards “put his hands up.” Edwards hasn’t said much on the incident, other than a statement that he’ll be “cooperating with UFC as they investigate the matter.”
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On Sunday, though, Edwards had a little more to say in a post on Instagram in which he recaps his win over Nelson and issues a warning to Masvidal.
“Very happy with my performance last night against a very high caliber opponent in Gunnar Nelson. Much respect to you Gunnar that was a great fight and look forward to seeing you bounce back. Thanks to my team, friends, family and the fans for everything.
“Birmingham stand up! As I said – that’s 7 in a row in the hardest division in the sport and I’m coming for everyone. World champ 2019 mark my words. If you’re not with me now, you will be.
“And Jorge, fair play sneaking your shots in when you could, But now you’re (expletive). If security wasn’t there you wouldn’t have made it back to the US, I’ll see you soon.”
Could an Edwards vs. Masvidal fight booking be made in the near future? Time will tell.