Jorge Masvidal out of UFC 269 clash with Leon Edwards after suffering an injury during training

  • Tom Ward
Jorge Masvidal injured and out of UFC 269 clash with Leon Edwards

Jorge Masvidal has been forced to pull out of his eagerly-awaited welterweight grudge match with Leon Edwards due to an undisclosed injury.

The 36-year-old BMF champion was due to compete against the pride of Birmingham a month tomorrow on the main card of UFC 269 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

But an unfortunate setback – which Masvidal suffered in training – has seen the best laid plans go to waste, which means Edwards is left without an opponent.

It’s not the first time that this has happened either, as Edwards has had four fights cancelled and/or postponed within the space of a year. 

He was originally supposed to fight Nate Diaz in May, but their fight was pushed back after Diaz suffered a minor injury.   

WIN a brand new Xbox Series S and FIFA 22


And now the same thing has happened again with Masvidal, who won the inaugural BMF championship with a technical knockout over Diaz at Madison Square Garden in November 2019. 

A frustrated Edwards wrote on Twitter: “Disappointed but honestly I knew this fraud didn’t want to fight me anyway.

MORE: UFC 269: Date, Location, Card, UK Start Time And Everything You Need To Know

“He was just a stop off on the way to the title. The goal remains the same.

“Much needed family time now, @usman84kg I will see you soon.”  

Leon Edwards calls for a shot at Kamaru Usman

Kingston-born Edwards is NOT expected to fight in Sin City but that could all change in the coming days. 

It is currently unclear if the bout will be rescheduled or scrapped entirely. 

The former BAMMA welterweight champion already boasts a number of impressive victories on his CV.

Jorge Masvidal has been forced to withdraw from his clash with Leon Edwards

He has won eleven times already under the UFC banner with wins coming over Rafael dos Anjos, Bryan Barbarena, Donald Cerrone, Vicente Luque and Conor McGregor’s long-time colleague Gunnar Nelson.

Edwards has not been beaten in over five years. 

The British MMA fighter hasn’t lost a fight since his showdown with current welterweight king Kamaru Usman in December 2015.

1 of 20
Nate Diaz

The Ultimate Nate Diaz Quiz: Where was Nate Diaz born?

The Brit suffered a unanimous decision defeat to the American, but has worked his way back up the rankings to put himself back into the title picture.  

‘Rocky’ is currently ranked third in the welterweight division, which means a win over Masvidal would’ve likely made him the next challenger to Usman’s title. 

As it is, he may be forced to anxiously sit and wait for the phone to ring. 

READ MORE: Kamaru Usman has the ‘perfect style’ for Israel Adesanya, Henry Cejudo says

News Now - Sport News