One of the most anticipated fights remaining on the 2021 calendar has been scrapped.
As first reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto following confirmation by UFC Chief Business Officer Hunter Campbell, Jorge Masvidal has suffered an undisclosed injury and withdrawn from his proposed bout against Leon Edwards at UFC 269.
It is currently undecided whether Edwards will remain on the December 11th card, or if the matchup will be rescheduled upon Masvidal’s return.
Following the news of Masvidal’s injury, a plethora of welterweight contenders would offer to fight Edwards at UFC 269 – including Khamzat Chimaev, Gilbert Burns and Belal Muhammad – however ‘Rocky’ would respond via social media that he is looking at a shot at Kamaru Usman’s 170 lbs championship.
Disappointed but honestly I knew this fraud didn't want to fight me anyway. 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 'Rocky' Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) November 10, 2021
Edwards (19-3, 1 NC) is currently riding a 10-fight unbeaten streak which includes wins over Nate Diaz, Rafael dos Anjos and Vicente Luque. Edwards’ last defeat would come at the hands of the champion Usman who earned a unanimous decision victory when the two first fought each other in December 2015.