Masvidal: 'I'll break Gilbert Burns' face and Leon will call me out'
‘I’ll break Gilbert Burns’ face and Leon Edwards will call me out’: Jorge Masvidal insists Dana White’s plan to give hated rival Colby Covington the next shot at Brit’s title can still be scrapped if he wins at UFC 287
- Jorge Masvidal will fight Gilbert Burns in welterweight showdown next month
- If he wins, he could push for a title shot against Britain’s Leon Edwards next
- Dana White has already insisted that Colby Covington is next in line
Jorge Masvidal expects Leon Edwards to call him out if he beats Gilbert Burns at UFC 287 next month, despite Dana White’s plans to give Colby Covington a title shot.
Edwards defended his welterweight belt on home soil against Kamaru Usman in their trilogy two weeks ago and was adamant that ‘Chaos’ did not deserve the next shot at him.
‘Gamebred’, who has an intense hatred of Covington, plans to usurp his old rival.
He told the MMA Hour: ‘I love Dana, but Dana says a lot of things, man. History says one thing: whoever makes the most noise when they fight, whoever sells the most pay-per-views, and whoever fans want to see at the end of the day, that’s who’ll get the title shot.
‘On top of that, as I recall, champions have always called the shots and Colby is only a champion of calling the cops. That b***h p***yass motherf***er.’
Dana White has defended his decision to award Colby Covington a welterweight title shot
Leon Edwards could fight Colby Covington next, but Jorge Masvidal has claimed he will be called out by the champion if he beats Gilbert Burns
‘So, I’m just going to continue to do me. I’m going to go out there and break f*****g Gilbert’s face then Leon’s gonna call my name out and I’m gonna go fight Leon for this belt and that’s it.
‘Colby can just sit in his timeout box until they call his ass up to fight me again.’
Masvidal and Edwards’ rivalry dates back to 2019 when the American walked up to him backstage and punched him, seemingly out of nowhere after cutting an interview short.
The pair were due to fight at the end of last year but Masvidal ended up pulling out with a rib injury.
It will take a huge performance from Masvidal if he is to overcome Burns and the pair have been on contrasting form.
The Brazilian beat Neil Magny in January, while his April opponent has lost his last three, two against Usman and the grudge match with Covington last March.
Masvidal then allegedly assaulted Covington outside a restaurant in Miami Beach in the same month before being arrested and hit with multiple felony charges including aggravated battery and criminal mischief.
The case has not yet gone to trial and Masvidal recently told ESPN Deportes: I’m not going to let anyone disrespect my family.
Edwards beat Kamaru Usman in their trilogy and all eyes are on his next opponent
Masvidal will first have to fight Gilbert Burns, a fight he referred to as a ‘stepping stone’
‘I can’t talk much because I’m being charged with three felonies. I can only say that I am innocent.’
Dana White was insistent in the aftermath of UFC London that Covington – who weighed in as back-up – would be given the next title shot.
‘Yeah that’s the fight that makes sense,’ he said. ‘Colby Covington came here, cut weight and was ready… he deserves the fight.’
Speaking in the post-fight press conference, Edwards said: ‘I don’t know how that makes sense. He hasn’t fought for over a year and a half. I don’t get how he slides in for a world title shot.
‘I’m the king now, I’ve earned my way. I feel like I should decide who’s next.’
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