Jorge Masvidal is a bonafide star now after demonstrating that he can sell as many pay-per-views as a Conor McGregor non-title fight. However, the Miami native says that you can forget about the Irishman. He says to forget about money fights because he just wants the belt.
But the main obstacle in the way is the fact that welterweight champion Kamaru Usman just defeated him at the weekend. Masvidal insists that he can defeat ‘the Nigerian Nightmare’ with the correct preparation. In sum, he says he’s no longer interested in money fights and wants to pursue his legacy,
Meanwhile, Colby Convington responded to Masvidal’s burn yesterday. Check out all of their statements below per ESPN. The welterweight division is heating up.
Masvidal is smarting after a tough defeat. Usman spent 25 minutes trying to hold him against the cage and stamp on his feet. ‘Gamebred’ had a decent first round but it was all downhill from there. However, he says with a full fight camp, things would be different. He told ESPN:
“I want that damn belt, and I’m stubborn. And I know I’m better than Usman, and I want to prove it. I want to fight again. I’m not going to take nothing from him; he won the first one. Let’s do it again.”
“You can tell me that McGregor right now would make X, Y, Z dollars, the biggest pay-per-view you get in history, right, and I’m going to get paid forever,” Masvidal said. “I feel I’m getting compensated well enough now that if I keep making the right decisions I’ve been doing, this money is forever money. So it’s not about money.”
Meanwhile, Dana White raved about the success of the first ‘Fight Island’ event. He says that it confirms that Masvidal is now a star. But they will have to manage his next opponent very carefully if they want to maximize the amount of money they can make from it. In sum, that means a striker in the mold of McGregor, Leon Edwards, or Nate Diaz.
“I said it to you guys the other night, when you put on a fight, a successful promotion of an event, it’s a big melting pot of different things,” White explained. “’Fight Island’ was a massive star in this thing. Masvidal is a massive star. Obviously, Usman, the champion and a guy that we’re all start to realize is tough to beat and a great card underneath.
“It all came together perfectly. It was a major success. Everybody’s healthy. It’s all good. Literally not one negative thing that I could point out.”
Finally, Colby Covington responded to Masvidal’s lack of interest in a fight with him. ‘Chaos’ says that he used to dominate his former teammate in the gym. In short, he believes that it is no wonder that he isn’t interested in fighting him. To be fair, Masvidal is probably sick and tired of wrestlers anyway.
“I used to beat the s**t out of him, poke him, play with him, tell him he’s a little b**ch, whisper in his ear, and he couldn’t do nothing about it. He couldn’t stop me. So, of course he doesn’t want to fight me. Why would he want to fight me? Why would he want to fight a guy that he has no chance to win against?”
Even though he lost his fight, Masvidal retains the goodwill of the public. That’s good for one more fight. The UFC just can’t waste it. At the age of 36, this rise is going to be short and sweet. If he loses his next one it’s all over. But at least they can milk it while they can.