Michael Bisping calls on UFC to make Leon Edwards v Jorge Masvidal

Michael Bisping calls on UFC to set up Leon Edwards v Jorge Masvidal as British legend insists welterweight blockbuster is ‘the fight to make’ following Rocky’s win over Nate Diaz at UFC 263… and says winner MUST face Kamaru Usman next

  • Michael Bisping has called on the UFC to make Leon Edwards v Jorge Masvidal 
  • Edwards, 29, extended his winning streak to 10 fights after beating Nate Diaz 
  • Kamaru Usman is likely to face Colby Covington next and Edwards needs a fight
  • Bisping believes that the Briton should face Masvidal and it ‘is the fight to make’
  • Edwards and Masvidal clashed backstage in London and the fight would be huge 

Michael Bisping has called for Leon Edwards and Jorge Masvidal to meet in a welterweight blockbuster, insisting ‘that is the fight to make’. 

Edwards, 29, extended his winning streak to 10 fights after earning a unanimous points victory over fan-favourite Nate Diaz at UFC 263 in Phoenix, Arizona, last weekend. 

The Birmingham-based fighter is campaigning for a title fight against the dominant Kamaru Usman, although the UFC are looking to match the champion with Colby Covington next.

Michael Bisping has called for UFC matchmakers to schedule Leon Edwards v Jorge Masvidal

Edwards, 29, extended his winning run to ten fights after beating Nate Diaz last weekend

And Bisping, the only UFC champion from the UK, believes that it makes sense to match Edwards with Masvidal, who recently suffered defeat to Usman, in a shootout for the next shot at the title.

‘Jorge Masvidal, man. That’s who it needs to be,’ UFC legend Bisping told the Believe You Me podcast. 

‘Some people are saying that Masvidal needs to fight Nate Diaz again. I disagree. I thought Masvidal handled it pretty easy (at UFC 244). Masvidal vs. Leon Edwards. That’s the fight to make.’

However, Kamaru Usman looks set to face Colby Covington in his next title defence

And Bisping says that Edwards v Masvidal is ‘the fight to make’ given the pair’s bitter history

Edwards and Masvidal would certainly perform well in the box office. The 170-pound duo share a bitter rivalry that stems from a backstage altercation in which the American launched a flurry of punches at his unsuspecting rival, which he labelled ‘a three piece and a soda’.

‘The three-piece and the soda. Masvidal assaulted him in London,’ Bisping continued. ‘There is backstory there for days. We’ve talked about it at length. That has to be the fight now for Leon. 

‘If Leon goes out there and beats Masvidal, then he’s going to get a title shot. And Masvidal has to take that fight as well. 

Masvidal and Edwards clashed backstage in London and fans would lap up a fight in the cage

‘Far be it from me to be talking s*** about Masvidal. I’m not talking s***, but the reality is this: if you go out there and you crack another man in the face who is in your weight class and you both work for a company that matches their employees against one another and puts them in an Octagon to fight, the pieces of the puzzle are there.

‘You both fight for the UFC, you’re in the same organisation, you’re in the same weight class, you’re both riding high in the division — of course, Masvidal just last a world title fight, but he’s still one of the top fighters in the division.

‘Leon is on a tear with a ten-fight win streak — and the last time they saw one another, Masvidal hit him with a three-piece and the soda. That absolutely, unequivocally, has to be the next fight for both of those men.’

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