Masvidal says that the beef with Edwards started through social media and that Edwards started the brawl but approaching him with raised hands.
“One of these hooligans, man,” Masvidal said to ESPN (via Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting). “He’s like talking crap on social media. I seen him here [during fight week], doesn’t really address me as a man. I wanted to talk to him kind of and he’s just like dodging me. Whatever, we can handle it after the fight. So I’m doing this interview and this hooligan comes by saying some stuff, ‘July, get your ass kicked in July — July.’ And I go, ‘maybe.’ But whatever. Because maybe I want to kick your ass in April, maybe I don’t want to wait until July. Maybe I don’t even want to fight you in a prize ring, because you’re not worth a training camp. I’ll just fight you here. Because you’re a scrub. So I tell him, ‘Just say it to my face like a man.’ You’re saying it walking away. That’s not like — we’re both men, you know. And as I’m walking up to him, I’ve got my hands behind my back to signal I’m not coming here for problems. But he put his hands up like this — it’s on video — and walks towards me. Where I’m from, if you do that, you’re gonna punch me in the face and that’s not gonna happen. You’re a f*ckin’ dork, you’re jayvee, beta. You are what you are — you’re just a loser in life. You’re not gonna get a hit off me. So I gave him the three piece with the soda, then just glide out of there.”
Edwards, who declined to press charges against Masvidal, would issue the following statement via Instagram:
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 fucked. If security wasn’t there you wouldn’t have made it back to the US, I’ll see you soon.
With the two coming over wins and both being involved in the post-show brawl, it is conceivable that the duo will meet in the Octagon in the future to settle the score.