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Masvidal Out vs. Edwards, Khamzat Wants In

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The highly anticipated grudge match between UFC Welterweights Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards is officially off. Masvidal announced that he had been forced to withdraw from the UFC 269 bout due to an undisclosed injury. ESPN first reported the news on Wednesday.

Masvidal (35-15) is coming off back-to-back losses against UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman. Leon Edwards (19-3-1) is currently ranked #3 in the division and is on a 9-fight winning streak. The general consensus is that with a win against Masvidal, Edwards would be next in line for a shot at the “Nigerian Nightmare.” 

“Three-Piece and a Soda”

The bout between Masvidal and Edwards has been anticipated going back to 2019. Masvidal was doing an interview after his UFC on EPSN+ 5 main event victory. Edwards started trash-talking Masvidal, gaining his attention. Masvidal calmly walked up to Edwards and threw a combination of punches that caused a cut under Edwards’ eye. Masvidal would later refer to the combination as a “three-piece and a soda.” 

Per the report, there is no timetable for Masvidal’s return. No statement was made about whether the fight would be rescheduled or if Leon Edwards would remain on the card with a replacement. Enter Khamzat Chimaev. 

Let’s Go Bro

Shortly after the announcement, Chimaev tweeted at Leon Edwards, “Let’s go, bro we do it.” The UFC is looking to book Chimaev for one more fight before the end of the year. Since offering his services, other Welterweight standouts, including Belal Muhammad and Gilbert Burns, have offered to step in. The UFC has no shortage of options, but with the amount of hype on Chimaev right now, he feels like the logical choice.

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