Masvidal punches Edwards moments after finishing a backstage interview
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Jorge Masvidal punches Leon Edwards moments after cutting his backstage interview short following his win over Darren Till at UFC Fight Night London

  • Jorge Masvidal has punched Leon Edwards following a backstage interview
  • It came moments after Masvidal’s devastating KO win over Darren Till in London
  • The American cut his interview short before strolling off around the corner
  • He was met by British welterweight Edwards, who he then exchanged words with
  • Masvidal then threw the first punch at Edwards before the two were separated

Just minutes after his devastating KO win over Darren Till, Jorge Masvidal cut a backstage interview short and punched British welterweight Leon Edwards.

Edwards, who won the co-main event against Gunnar Nelson, came around the corner when the American strolled over, briefly exchanged words then unleashed a barrage.

The ugly scene marred what was arguably the biggest night of Masvidal’s career and it is as yet unclear what caused the fracas.

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Jorge Masvidal was interviewed following his devastating KO win over Darren Till on Saturday

Jorge Masvidal was interviewed following his devastating KO win over Darren Till on Saturday

The American strolls away with his arms behind his back
He cut his backstage interview short following his win over Darren Till

The American strolls away with his arms behind his back after cutting the interview short

Leon Edwards (not pictured) came around the corner when Masvidal strolled over

Leon Edwards (not pictured) came around the corner when Masvidal strolled over

Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards exchange words and punches backstage during the ESPN+ post-show pic.twitter.com/kYEkWxN8Io

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Both men were subsequently split up and removed from the O2 Arena without conducting the customary post fight interviews.

Masvidal came back from an early knockdown against Till in the main event to knock the home fighter stone cold unconscious and clearly wasn’t done there.

The former street fighter connected with Edwards and cut him with one of the shots as he caught ‘Rocky’ by surprise.

Edwards had previously said he wanted to fight Masvidal in July but there had been nothing untoward about his statements or call-out.

The two briefly exchanged words before Masvidal threw the first punch at Edwards

The two briefly exchanged words before Masvidal threw the first punch at Edwards

The ugly scene marred what was arguably the biggest night of Masvidal¿s career

The ugly scene marred what was arguably the biggest night of Masvidal’s career

The two fighters had to be separated by bouncers and security guards on Saturday night

The two fighters had to be separated by bouncers and security guards on Saturday night

Ben Askren, who was also backstage, joked that Masvidal had created the issue to avoid a fight with him.

UFC president Dana White awarded fight of the night and performance of the night bonuses to Masvidal, totalling $100,000 but it is unclear how much he will be fined, if at all for his actions.

If the incident had taken place in the United States under the jurisdiction of an Athletic Comission, it’s almost certain that ‘Gamebred’ would be heavily fined and suspended.

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