Leon Edwards plans to keep his word if Gamebred is successful against Gilbert Burns.
In the co-main event of UFC 287, Masvidal faces Burns in a pivotal welterweight bout.
The bout is critical for Masvidal, who has lost three in a row and finds himself on the precipice of being dropped from the title conversation for good.
However, if he wins, those losses won’t matter as much, because the welterweight champion says he’ll give “Gamebred” a title shot.
“For sure. If he goes out there and beats Gilbert, I think that’s the fight to make,” Edwards told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. “It’s been a long time, three, four years brewing. Let’s get in there and settle it once and for all and go from there.”
Edwards and Masvidal have a sordid history together, with Masvidal infamously hitting Edwards with “the three piece with the soda” backstage at a UFC event in London in 2019.
Afterwards, Edwards repeatedly tried to secure a fight with Masvidal but was brushed aside while Masvidal pursued the ‘BMF’ and welterweight titles.
Now that Edwards is welterweight champion though, the tables have turned, and something “Rocky” finds amusing, even if he has his own fight with Kamaru Usman to worry about first.
“It’s fun to see, two, three years ago, they didn’t know who I was,” Edwards said. “Now I’m king of the division. Little old Leon slid in, took it away, and now it’s back in Birmingham, sitting on my table. It’s all good. I’m focused on Usman. He’s the hardest fight in the division. So I’m focused on him, get past him, and from there we’ll see who is next.”
Edwards faces Kamaru Usman in their trilogy bout at UFC 286 for the Welterweight championship, on March 18 at the O2 arena in London.