Jorge Masvidal vs. Leon Edwards is the fight fans badly want … and while they’re almost certainly not gonna get it next, Dana White says it’s closer than you might think.
The UFC honcho joined Babcock on the “TMZ Sports“ TV show (airs weekdays on FS1) … when we asked Dana whether Gamebred could do enough to jump Colby Covington and earn the next title shot.
“Let me tell you what’s going to happen, if [Masvidal] goes in and does that against a guy like Gilbert Burns, who I have a ton of respect for, Gilbert Burns is an absolute badass. Then you have Colby Covington vs. Leon Edwards, and if Leon Edwards beats Colby Covington, the history between Leon Edwards and Masvidal, then they both win these fights, that fight will be so huge people will be dying to see that fight.”
White then added … “it will be absolutely massive, and maybe we do it back in Miami.”
FYI, Masvidal told us earlier in the week he felt he could impress enough vs. Burns at UFC 287 to garner the Edwards scrap.
Of course, White declared Covington next in line after Rocky beat Kamaru Usman at UFC 286, but many fans want Jorge and Leon to scrap because the men have serious beef.
The two fighters were involved in a backstage altercation in 2019 after Edwards yelled something at Masvidal as he was being interviewed backstage after beating Darren Till.
It’s not Masvidal’s personality to take something like that lying down … so he walked up to Rocky and punched him in the face, now known as a “3-piece and a soda.”
Hoping to ruin Jorge-Leon is 36-year-old Burns … the number 5 ranked UFC welterweight.
We recently talked to Burns, coming off a dominating win over Neil Magny, before he headed out for fight week …
There’s a bunch more with Dana … we asked him if this was Israel Adesanya‘s last shot to beat his rival, Alex Pereira. We also talked to White about the new UFC-WWE deal … and whether we could now see stars like Conor McGregor cross over to professional wrestling.
UFC 287 goes down Saturday night!