Dana White has reacted to Jorge Masvidal’s brawl with Leon Edwards (Picture: Getty)Dana White has condemned the brawl between Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards which erupted backstage at UFC London.
Masvidal was conducting an interview with ESPN just minutes after his knockout victory over Darren Till when British welterweight Edwards interrupted and told him to ‘shut up’ for refusing to commit to a July fight date.
The American approached Edwards before the pair traded blows and had to be separated by members of security. It’s understood police were later sent to the fighters’ hotels to further investigate the violent altercation.
Edwards, who earlier beat Gunnar Nelson in convincing fashion in front of a sold-out O2 Arena, sustained a cut during the scuffle with Masvidal and UFC president White has reacted to the incident.
He said: ‘I can’t even believe that this happened.
‘We [the UFC] need to do a much better job of making sure this s*** doesn’t happen at any of our events.’
Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards exchange words and punches backstage during the ESPN+ post-show pic.twitter.com/kYEkWxN8Io
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Masvidal blamed ‘loser’ Edwards for the backstage brawl and claimed that his rival’s pals tried to sucker punch him following the altercation.
‘So I’m doing my interview, and this hooligan comes by saying some stuff,’ Masvidal explained.
‘[He says] “July, you’ll get your ass kicked in July.” And I go ‘Maybe bro, cause whatever, maybe I want to kick your ass in April. Maybe I don’t want to wait till July. Maybe I don’t even want to fight you cause you’re not worth the training camp. I’ll fight you here, you’re a scrub.
‘So I tell him “Just say it to my face like a man. You’re saying it walking away. We’re both men.” As I walk 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 [raises fists].
‘It’s on video, and he walks towards me. Well, where I’m from, if you do that, you’re going to punch me in the face. That’s not going to happen.
‘You’re a JV beta. You are what you are bro, you’re just a loser in life. You’re not going to get a hit off on me. So I did the three piece with the soda, and then just glided out of there.
‘Then some of his friends tried to sucker punch me… those guys did a big mistake.’
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