Jorge Masvidal wasn’t impressed by Leon Edwards’ recent welterweight title defense against Kamaru Usman at UFC 286, and he didn’t hold back on his criticisms. Masvidal, a self-proclaimed “purist” when it comes to fighting, felt that both fighters weren’t fighting at their full potential and that the fight was boring.
Masvidal went on to say that he feels he’s a better fighter than both Edwards and Usman because he’s willing to go for the kill and take risks, and he thinks that’s what fans want to see. He also stated that he’s a bigger draw in England, Edwards’ home country, and that if he and Edwards ever fought in London, he would have more fan support.
Despite Edwards’ recent victories and undefeated streak, Masvidal remains skeptical of the champion’s abilities and predicts that he would beat him in a grudge match. However, Masvidal knows that he needs to win his upcoming fight against Gilbert Burns if he wants to have a chance at a title shot. Masvidal believes that his fight against Burns is an opportunity to make a statement in his hometown of Miami and show the UFC why he’s the best fighter in the welterweight division.
While UFC president Dana White has already awarded the next title shot to Colby Covington, Edwards has publicly stated that he doesn’t want to fight Covington and would prefer to face Masvidal instead. Masvidal also likes the idea of a grudge match against Edwards and believes that it would be a huge draw in the UK if the UFC were to book it. However, Masvidal knows that he can’t look past Burns and that he needs to perform at his best to make the fight happen.
In the end, Masvidal remains confident in his abilities and his status as one of the top fighters in the UFC’s welterweight division. While he may not have been impressed by Edwards’ recent title defense, Masvidal knows that he can’t underestimate his opponents and that he needs to perform at his best every time he steps into the Octagon.