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Jorge Masvidal doesn’t think UFC rivals want revenge on him

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Former two-time UFC title challenger Jorge Masvidal doesn’t think 170-pound king Leon Edwards actually wants to fight him in the Octagon.

In an interview with Breakfast Club, “Rocky” said he couldn’t “let go” of his backstage altercation with Masvidal in 2019, when “Gamebred” punched him multiple times at a UFC event in London.

“I can’t help it,” Edwards said. “It won’t let me go and that was like three years ago. Yes, it won’t let go. I like getting it. I have to retrieve it either in the Octagon or on the street.”

Well, Masvidal responded to Rocky’s comments and said that despite being one of the sport’s biggest box-office hits, Edwards wouldn’t accept a match with him if push came to shove.

“It’s called blah blah blah,” Masvidal said in a Spanish interview with MMA Junkie. “The guy is literally the champion at the moment. If he told Dana White and the UFC that he wants to fight me, the UFC is going to do it. Why? Because I’m the one who sells the most pay-per-views in this entire space, like four, five times. The numbers are there, proven.

“If he wants the fight, the fight is there for him, but he doesn’t want the fight. But what he wants is the idea that he wants the fight. He says this, he says that, but man, if you want the fight, you can do it. You’re the champion and you’re feeling hurt – and he obviously is, he’s still talking about me – then let the fight happen. If I’ve influenced you so much as a man that you can’t live your life without thinking of me every day, then fight.

Masvidal and 5th-ranked welterweight Gilbert Burns have been going back and forth for months, with both fighters interested in fighting each other. Lastly, “Durinho” came out and accused Masvidal of ducking from him, and Masvidal responded by denying “little b****” Burns’ claims.

And just because Burns was linked to a January 23 fight with division staple Neil Magny for UFC 283 in Brazil, Gamebred still wants a piece of him.

“I plan on beating up Gilbert Burns and tearing it up and hitting it with everything and the kitchen sink,” Masvidal said. “I’ll do anything no one has ever done to him. And maybe Leon wants to fight me afterwards, I don’t know. But like I said, I’m the biggest money fight for him. The most money.”

Gamebred became a mixed martial arts superstar in 2019 after claiming three high-profile victories culminating in winning the promotion’s “BMF” title. But since then he has lost three fights in a row.

He twice attempted to become UFC Welterweight Champion, but Kamaru Usman turned him down both times. And in his most recent competition, Masvidal’s longtime rival Colby Covington defeated him by unanimous decision at UFC 272 in March.

In his 35-16 pro career, Masvidal had never been on a three-way sled until now. And he seems more motivated than ever to get back on the road to success.

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