UFC London: Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards Trade Blows Backstage

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Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards opted to get into a confrontation backstage at UFC London, which is unlikely to boost either man’s case for a title shot.

It was a big night for a pair of welterweights at UFC London. Leon Edwards got the better of Gunnar Nelson, while Jorge Masvidal knocked out Darren Till to silence the London crowd in the main event. Yet for some reason, the pair forgot the action ends when the bell sounds, and chose to get into it backstage at the O2 Arena in London — while Masvidal was in the process of filming a post-fight interview for ESPN.

With Edwards chirping off-screen, Masvidal broke from the interview, telling his fellow 170lb contender to “come over here and say it to my face.” Rather than wait for Edwards to accept the invitation, however, ‘Gamebred’ wandered over to where Edwards was situated, among a crowd of staff and other spectators. Then threw a pair of punches that appeared to connect before Edwards returned fire.

Yikes. That is not going to help either man’s case for a title shot. Especially given neither hurled a luggage cart during the exchange. What is likely is some sort of punishment, given that fighting is best left for the octagon, where it’s sanctioned. Booking a grudge match between the two wouldn’t be unexpected from the UFC either.

At least part of the encounter was caught on film before cameras cut away, back to Michael Bisping and Karyn Bryant. You can watch that below.