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Jorge Masvidal vs. Leon Edwards scrapped from UFC 269, Khamzat Chimaev steps up

Jorge Masvidal vs. Leon Edwards is still in the works, just not at UFC 269.

UFC 269 will move on without Leon Edwards vs. Jorge Masvidal, a fight that could have set up “Rocky” to challenge Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight kingpin, Kamaru Usman, once and for all.

Edwards vs. Masvidal was scheduled as a marquee match for UFC 269, which will take place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., Dec. 11, 2021, streaming online via ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV). Unfortunately, it appears the fight will be rescheduled due to an injury suffered by Masvidal.

“Jorge Masvidal vs. Leon Edwards is off UFC 269 on Dec. 11, UFC’s Chief Business Officer Hunter Campbell tells ESPN,” Brett Okamoto wrote on Wednesday. “Undisclosed injury for Masvidal. No word yet on whether it will be rebooked or UFC will move on.”

Khamzat Chimaev (No. 10) called out Edwards, seemingly offering to fill-in for Masvidal.

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Edwards (19-3, 1 NC) is on a five-year undefeated streaking punctuated by wins over Nate Diaz, Rafael dos Anjos, Gunnar Nelson and Donald Cerrone.

Masvidal (35-15), meanwhile, is coming off consecutive losses to Usman. The seventh-ranked UFC Welterweight scored three consecutive finishes over Diaz, Ben Askren and Darren Till in the lead-up to his two fights with the champion.

After Masvidal’s big win over Till back in 2019, him and Edwards were involved in a backstage scuffle, with “Gamebread” giving “Rocky” the infamous “three-piece and a soda.

UFC 269 is headlined by a UFC Lightweight title fight pitting champion Charles Oliveira vs. Dustin Poirier (No. 1). The co-headliner sees two-division UFC champ Amanda Nunes defending her women’s Bantamweight title against Julianna Pena.

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