Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal campaigning for title shot, Leon Edwards responds

Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal campaigning for title shot, Leon Edwards responds

The ‘BMF’ champion is not taking “no” for an answer.

At UFC 251 in July, Jorge Masvidal finally got his welterweight title shot. After being the frontrunner for the next crack at Kamaru Usman for half a year, the UFC ultimately gave the fight to Gilbert Burns. However, when Burns was forced out of the bout shortly beforehand, Masvidal stepped in on a week’s notice. It didn’t go well. After a good opening round, Masvidal was dominated by Usman’s wrestling and forced to spend long stretches of the bout pinned up against the cage. It was a clear unanimous decision win for Usman.

After the bout, Masvidal was quick to say that he’d make the necessary adjustments and return, and that a full camp would produce a better performance. And now, nearly a month removed from the loss, Masvidal is beating the drum for another shot at welterweight gold.

6 days. 20 pounds. Flew to Vegas. Vegas to Abu Dhabi. Fought the champ. Created the damage. He’s out for a minute. I’ve been ready since I got back. Time to move the division forward. Your move #supernecessary

— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) August 9, 2020

“The damage” Masvidal is referring to is a potentially broken nose on Usman. Following the fight, the welterweight champion was issued a potential six-month suspension by the UFC unless Usman cleared a nasal X-ray. Masvidal emerged from the bout unscathed and is clearly ready to get right back in there. From the tenor of his message though, it’s unclear if Masvidal is calling for a rematch with Usman or if “move the division forward” means a bout with someone else while Usman is sidelined due to injury. What is clear though is that Leon Edwards wants it to be him.

Edwards and Masvidal have a beef dating back to UFC London last year when, after both men picked up big wins over Gunnar Nelson and Darren Till respectively, Edwards approached Masvidal backstage and Masvidal hit him with “a three-piece with the soda.” Since then, Edwards has been aggressively lobbying for a bout with Masvidal but “Gamebred” has been occupied with more high profile fights. But with Masvidal ow having had his title shot and lost, Edwards is back to business.

Fight me then pussy https://t.co/MCVgL73m0T

— Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) August 9, 2020

Let’s get it.. stop with all the excuses and give the fans and the @ufc what they want pic.twitter.com/wV2U0AdWxy

— Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) August 9, 2020

Masvidal has not yet responded to Edwards, however, the fight may ultimately make the most sense. Gilbert Burns is the presumptive number one contender at welterweight currently and, as Edwards pointed out, there are not a lot of other ranked options for Masvidal at the moment. Then again, he can always focus his energy back on cornhole. He certainly seems to enjoy it.

2 years I will be reigning champ

— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) August 9, 2020

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VIDEO STEW

UFC Vegas 6 Post Show.

Bellator highlights.

UFC 252 Timeline.

Countdown UFC 252.

Elias Theodorou still doing Survivorman.

LISTEN UP

On to the Next One. Discussing matches to make following UFC Vegas 6.

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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Damn.

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These past few week have been crazy, and that’s putting it lightly. It’s really hard to try to find an eloquent way to say “I almost died.” So screw it.. I almost died…. This really put alot of things into perspective for me. Never did I ever think I would be hooked up to a dialysis machine before my 30s. Everything was going well for me. Was training everyday, making money at work, just signed a contract for a huge fight, then BOOM, life hit me with a check hook. I’m just glad to be home after having to spend 1 week in the ICU. Stay healthy out there y’all and listen to your body at all times.

A post shared by Geoff Neal (@handzofsteelmma) on Aug 9, 2020 at 7:20pm PDT

Taking the loss well.

Всегда есть 2 пути: вперёд и назад.
Я выбираю первый
There are always 2 ways: forward and back.
I choose the first one
( фото с боя с Моррис Грином )@ufc @ufcrussia #warrior #oleynik #fighter pic.twitter.com/60fPSHfOt9

— Alexey Oleynik (@oleynikufc) August 10, 2020

Seems logical.

I call dibs fighting @Thebeast_ufc @ufc

— Curtis Blaydes (@RazorBlaydes265) August 9, 2020

Support.

I’m so proud of you, everything worth it, you deserve it so much. I love you @YanaKunitskaya1
.
Estou muito orgulhoso de você, tudo valeu a pena, você merece demais. Eu te amo ❤️ pic.twitter.com/nVraVw9gAX

— Thiago Marreta (@TMarretaMMA) August 9, 2020

UFC bound?

So much love. So much excitement. So much speculation. 2020 marks a changing of the guard. #supernecessary

— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) August 9, 2020

Working hard.

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11 недель до боя, вроде бы все по плану, ни дня без изобразительного искусства. See you on #ufc254

A post shared by Khabib Nurmagomedov (@khabib_nurmagomedov) on Aug 9, 2020 at 4:23am PDT

Beef.

Kept running from me since 2018 pic.twitter.com/NxLWKLCm1D

— Zabit Magomedsharipov (@zabeast_mma) August 9, 2020

Feeling good.

My last three opponents records when I fought them 17-2 , 13-1 and 11-0 = that’s 41-3 . Im on a 3 fight winning streak ! #WhosNEXT

— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) August 9, 2020

Get it? Because he dyed his hair pink, so he’s a girl. Borrachinha with the rapier wit.

The only thing more disturbing than this video was your fight against Romero.
Somebody tell USada to test him for too much estrogen https://t.co/RbsklkN73H

— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) August 9, 2020

Gilbert Burns as the Hulk.

Mood! pic.twitter.com/v3yvn4RDa1

— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) August 10, 2020

FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Robbie Lawler (28-14) vs. Neil Magny (23-7); UFC Fight Night, Aug. 29.

Valentina Shevchenko (19-3) vs. Jennifer Maia (18-6-1); UFC 255, Nov. 21.

Deiveson Figuieredo (19-1) vs. Cody Garbrandt (12-3); UFC 255, Nov. 21.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.

EXIT POLL

Poll
Who would you like to see Masvidal fight next?

  • Kamaru Usman with a full camp

  • Leon Edwards

  • Nate Diaz

  • Conor McGregor

  • Other

vote
view results
  • 14%
    Kamaru Usman with a full camp
    (87 votes)

  • 58%
    Leon Edwards
    (342 votes)

  • 5%
    Nate Diaz
    (31 votes)

  • 18%
    Conor McGregor
    (108 votes)

  • 3%
    Other
    (18 votes)

586 votes total

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