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Jorge Masvidal attacks Leon Edwards, throws punches backstage after UFC London

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Jorge Masvidal cold-cocked Leon Edwards backstage at UFC on ESPN+5.

Masvidal, who knocked out Darren Till in the main event, was in the middle of an interview with the UFC/ESPN reporter Laura Sanko when Edwards interrupted. Words were exchanged, and Masvidal walked out of frame to confront Edwards, who’d earlier in the night bested Gunnar Nelson.

“Come over here, say that to my face,” Masvidal could be heard saying as he walked away from the interview and toward Edwards.

Edwards appeared to be restrained when Masvidal confronted him. Masvidal threw a short combination of punches. The ESPN feed was quickly thrown back to the commentary desk led by Karyn Bryant and newly ninted UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping.

You could watch the incident here (via Instagram):

It was a jarring sight and an unfortunate turn considering the moment Masvidal had seized just moments earlier when he knocked out Till. Masvidal didn’t gloat over his win and praised his fallen opponent while asking the UFC for a title shot and performance bonus.

Backstage, he told Sanko, “I said I live for that, and that’s to take the breath out of everybody,” after his knockout victory, which reversed a two-fight skid and followed a 16-month layoff.

“It’s amazing to silence people,” Masvidal said. “It’s a drug that most people have never tasted.”

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Edwards and Masvidal have a history of verbal callouts. The U.K. standout called out Masvidal following a win over Donald Cerrone this past June. Masvidal subsequently accepted the offer, but a fight never materialized.

Edwards subsequently accused Masvidal of ducking the fight. Masvidal, meanwhile, said he had no desire to face unranked opposition.

Check back with MMAjunkie for updates on the situation.

For complete coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 5, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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