UFC San Antonio: Leon Edwards calls out Masvidal after RDA victory

He’s getting closer to a title shot!


British welterweight contender Leon “Rocky” Edwards did the business in the main event of UFC Fight Night in San Antonio, Texas, then called out the man who jumped him backstage at UFC London.

Jorge Masvidal didn’t take too kindly to Edwards’ off-stage shouting during his post-fight interview in London back in March, and walked away from the interview to deliver a “three-piece and a soda” to Edwards, leaving him cut and bruised as a result.

And on Saturday night in Texas, Edwards showed the world that he is a legitimate threat to the UFC’s welterweight elite with a dominant decision win over former UFC lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos, then demanded Masvidal accept a fight with him so they can face off under the bright lights of the octagon.

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“I’m on an eight-fight win streak in one of the hardest divisions in the sport,” he said during his post-fight interview.

“There’s a little weasel called Jorge Masvidal. Accept the fight, let’s do it. You’re not on my level. Me and Jorge Masvidal, let’s make the fight happen I want one more at the end of the year. The little weasel Jorge Masvidal, I’d love to get him. If not, give me the rematch.

“Give me the rematch against Kamaru Usman. He was the last guy to beat me four years ago, and I’d love my rematch, so let’s make it happen.”

But Masvidal wasn’t interested, as he made clear in a pair of tweets following Edwards’ callout.

“Big difference between putting top-ranked opponents to sleep and putting fans to sleep #bum #whoru,” he tweeted.

“So I can be clear I was promised a title shot after I beat Askren and I plan on cashing in on it. Don’t call me out no more until I get that belt. #supernecessary”

Main-card knockouts save the show

Mid-way through the main card of the event, the card was making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Nine consecutive fights went the distance – a UFC record for a fight card – as the San Antonio fans started to get restless in their desire to see a finish.

But that all changed when New Zealand lightweight Dan Hooker produced a stunning left hook to finish James Vick. It produced a huge roar inside the arena, and created an atmosphere that helped produce two more big finishes.

Hooker’s one-hitter quitter was followed by Greg Hardy’s 45-second TKO finish of Juan Adams, then heavyweight contender Walt Harris announced himself as a major threat to the division’s best with a thumping one-punch KO of Russian grappler Aleksei Oleinik after just 12 seconds.

After nine fights of so-so action, Hooker, Hardy and Harris delivered the goods and gave the Texan fans their money’s worth.

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