There may be one problem with that plan, which is that Masvidal doesn’t want to fight Edwards according to Edwards.
“The only fight that makes sense now is me and Masvidal, and that’s the fight that I want,” Edwards told MMA Junkie. “I spoke to the UFC. They want the fight. I want the fight. But Masvidal is turning the fight down. They say he doesn’t want the fight, so I don’t know. I’m just here. I’ll be ready to go at the end of the year and hopefully get one of those fights. They’re saying Masvidal said no, he doesn’t want the fight. He’s trying to outbid himself, saying he wants a stupid amount of money to fight. So I’m ready to go. I’m just waiting to see what happens, and so I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully we get the fight done.”
Masvidal, who last competed at UFC 239, has yet to publicly comment on allegedly turning down a bout with Edwards.
Ibrahim Kawa, who is Masvidal’s manager, would take to Twitter to say that a bout with Edwards wasn’t even offered, which lead to a brief back and forth:
#fakenews we were never offered a fight with Leon as we already negotiated a title shot after the askren win. This is a desperate attempt. Yes Jorge next fight is for the title. as for “demands” it can’t be a demand if it was already agreed to before he fought askren. Thanks https://t.co/gwFdTe8gGC— Ibrahim Kawa (@Abraham_kawa) August 8, 2019
shut your lying mouth you fat fuck. stop trying to protect your boy and stop your desperate attempts to be tough on twitter your quiet as a mouse in person— Leon 'Rocky' Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) August 8, 2019
Even UFC President Dana White has stated that he’d like to put Masvidal versus Edwards together, but that hasn’t happened as of yet.