The ‘BMF’ champion is not taking “no” for an answer.
At UFC 251 in July, Jorge Masvidal finally got his welterweight title shot. After being the frontrunner for the next crack at Kamaru Usman for half a year, the UFC ultimately gave the fight to Gilbert Burns. However, when Burns was forced out of the bout shortly beforehand, Masvidal stepped in on a week’s notice. It didn’t go well. After a good opening round, Masvidal was dominated by Usman’s wrestling and forced to spend long stretches of the bout pinned up against the cage. It was a clear unanimous decision win for Usman.
After the bout, Masvidal was quick to say that he’d make the necessary adjustments and return, and that a full camp would produce a better performance. And now, nearly a month removed from the loss, Masvidal is beating the drum for another shot at welterweight gold.
6 days. 20 pounds. Flew to Vegas. Vegas to Abu Dhabi. Fought the champ. Created the damage. He’s out for a minute. I’ve been ready since I got back. Time to move the division forward. Your move #supernecessary— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) August 9, 2020
“The damage” Masvidal is referring to is a potentially broken nose on Usman. Following the fight, the welterweight champion was issued a potential six-month suspension by the UFC unless Usman cleared a nasal X-ray. Masvidal emerged from the bout unscathed and is clearly ready to get right back in there. From the tenor of his message though, it’s unclear if Masvidal is calling for a rematch with Usman or if “move the division forward” means a bout with someone else while Usman is sidelined due to injury. What is clear though is that Leon Edwards wants it to be him.
Edwards and Masvidal have a beef dating back to UFC London last year when, after both men picked up big wins over Gunnar Nelson and Darren Till respectively, Edwards approached Masvidal backstage and Masvidal hit him with “a three-piece with the soda.” Since then, Edwards has been aggressively lobbying for a bout with Masvidal but “Gamebred” has been occupied with more high profile fights. But with Masvidal ow having had his title shot and lost, Edwards is back to business.
Masvidal has not yet responded to Edwards, however, the fight may ultimately make the most sense. Gilbert Burns is the presumptive number one contender at welterweight currently and, as Edwards pointed out, there are not a lot of other ranked options for Masvidal at the moment. Then again, he can always focus his energy back on cornhole. He certainly seems to enjoy it.
2 years I will be reigning champ— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) August 9, 2020
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These past few week have been crazy, and that's putting it lightly. It's really hard to try to find an eloquent way to say "I almost died." So screw it.. I almost died.... This really put alot of things into perspective for me. Never did I ever think I would be hooked up to a dialysis machine before my 30s. Everything was going well for me. Was training everyday, making money at work, just signed a contract for a huge fight, then BOOM, life hit me with a check hook. I'm just glad to be home after having to spend 1 week in the ICU. Stay healthy out there y'all and listen to your body at all times.
Taking the loss well.
Всегда есть 2 пути: вперёд и назад.— Alexey Oleynik (@oleynikufc) August 10, 2020
Я выбираю первый
There are always 2 ways: forward and back.
I choose the first one
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I'm so proud of you, everything worth it, you deserve it so much. I love you @YanaKunitskaya1— Thiago Marreta (@TMarretaMMA) August 9, 2020
Estou muito orgulhoso de você, tudo valeu a pena, você merece demais. Eu te amo ❤️ pic.twitter.com/nVraVw9gAX
So much love. So much excitement. So much speculation. 2020 marks a changing of the guard. #supernecessary— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) August 9, 2020
Kept running from me since 2018 pic.twitter.com/NxLWKLCm1D— Zabit Magomedsharipov (@zabeast_mma) August 9, 2020
My last three opponents records when I fought them 17-2 , 13-1 and 11-0 = that’s 41-3 . Im on a 3 fight winning streak ! #WhosNEXT— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) August 9, 2020
Get it? Because he dyed his hair pink, so he’s a girl. Borrachinha with the rapier wit.
The only thing more disturbing than this video was your fight against Romero.— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) August 9, 2020
Somebody tell USada to test him for too much estrogen https://t.co/RbsklkN73H
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