Jorge Masvidal unleashed a ‘three-piece and a soda’ during O2 backstage brawl which left Leon Edwards needing medical attention
Jorge Masvidal’s incredible rise to undoubted UFC superstar began when he beat up two Brits in a single night.
‘Gamebred’ ended a year-long exile from the octagon in March 2019 when he returned to face Darren Till in a welterweight dust-up at UFC London at the O2 Arena.
After being dropped in the opening stanza by a monster left hand, Masvidal slowly but surely began to get back into the fight and eventually secured an impressive knockout win on foreign soil.
Earlier on in the evening, fellow welterweight contender Leon Edwards had produced a convincing display against fan favourite Gunnar Nelson to claim a unanimous decision victory.
But the fighting did not end there for either man.
During a post-fight press conference with ESPN, Masvidal responded to jibes off camera from Edwards and slowly approached the Birmingham-based contender as he left the interview with his hands behind his back.
Using the same explosive speed which had rendered Till unconscious just hours earlier, the former street fighter unleashed a three-punch combo which left Edwards cut and in need of medical help.
He later told ESPN after leaving the arena in London he had only thrown hands because Edwards had raised his fists to him; considered an act of war from where he comes from.
“One of these hooligans, man,” Masvidal said. “He’s like talking crap on social media.
“I seen him here [during fight week], doesn’t really address me as a man. I wanted to talk to him kind of and he’s just like dodging me. Whatever, we can handle it after the fight.
“So I’m doing this interview and this hooligan comes by saying some stuff, ‘July, get your ass kicked in July — July.’ And I go, ‘maybe.’ But whatever. Because maybe I want to kick your ass in April, maybe I don’t want to wait until July.
“Maybe I don’t even want to fight you in a prize ring, because you’re not worth a training camp. I’ll just fight you here. Because you’re a scrub.
“So I tell him, ‘Just say it to my face like a man.’ You’re saying it walking away. That’s not like — we’re both men, you know.
“And as I’m walking up to him, I’ve got my hands behind my back to signal I’m not coming here for problems. But he put his hands up like this — it’s on video — and walks towards me.
“Where I’m from, if you do that, you’re gonna punch me in the face and that’s not gonna happen.
“You’re a f****** dork, you’re jayvee, beta.
“You are what you are — you’re just a loser in life. You’re not gonna get a hit off me. So I gave him the three piece with the soda, then just glide out of there.”
Masvidal finished 2019 by defeating Ben Askren and Nate Diaz to put him in world title contention and he faces Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 on Fight Island this Saturday.