The highly anticipated fight between Jorge Masvidal (welterweight) and Leon Edwards will take place next month, UFC Chief Financial Officer Hunter Campbell stated to ESPN Wednesday.
Campbell reports that Masvidal (35-0) had to withdraw from UFC 269's Dec. 11 bout due to an undisclosed injury. It was not clear if Edwards (19-3) would be retained on the card or if the matchup would be rescheduled. Campbell didn't give a timeframe for Masvidal’s return.
The fight for the welterweight title was expected to be the most prominent on the Las Vegas card. In March 2019, Edwards and Masvidal got into a verbal altercation backstage. Edwards was hit in the face by Masvidal. He referred to the punches that he threw in Miami as "three-piece and soda."
Masvidal is coming off two consecutive losses to Kamaru Usman, the defending champion in title fights. Edwards, from England, is still searching for his first UFC championship shot. He has nine wins.
The UFC 269 pay per view will feature a lightweight title fight between Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira.