Jorge Masvidal is the UFC’s latest confirmed PPV promoting famous person, and as we realized with Conor McGregor, these superstars get a little bit of particular remedy generally. That’s why Masvidal will likely be headlining the upcoming UFC 261 occasion on April twenty fourth towards Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title, regardless of having not fought since Usman blanked him on the scorecards of their final assembly at UFC 251.
Instantly after that disappointing efficiency, Masvidal mentioned he felt like he knew what he wanted to do to regulate and beat Usman. So he didn’t thoughts the comparatively brief 4 weeks of prep for the rematch after the UFC introduced the battle in mid-March.
“I’m combating Usman, I already fought him on six days,” Masvidal mentioned on ESPN’s Helwani Present. “I do know what he has, I do know what he can provide at his greatest. One factor that I took away from our first battle is he’s not as imply as he proclaims he’s. I do know he likes to jiggle his s**t on air like he’s Terry Crews, however he’s not imply. He’s not a imply man.”
“There’s no approach, if this was circled and he stepped in towards me on six days discover, that I don’t do every little thing in my energy to go away him unconscious or break his arm or damage him. He’s not that imply man so I don’t really feel like I would like any extra time than what I acquired. It’s good.”
Win or lose, Masvidal has a lot of attention-grabbing fights forward of him … if his opponents and the UFC can get on the identical web page with one another. Earlier than the Usman rematch got here collectively there was speak of a Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz rematch, however that by no means materialized. Jorge sounds about as knowledgeable as we’re on why that didn’t come collectively.
“[Diaz] couldn’t come to phrases with the UFC, this and that, blah blah blah,” Masvidal mentioned. “I don’t know. I don’t know what goes on on the aspect. We tried to make that battle occur, my camp was speaking to his camp, it didn’t occur. I don’t know what the precise logistics are, he didn’t just like the date, he considered much more and realized this man is gonna destroy his face. Possibly he needs to have a modeling profession or one thing, I don’t know.”
Requested whether or not he nonetheless felt like he ‘owed’ Nate a rematch, Masvidal mentioned it will occur.
“I advised him I’d run it again, so you’ll be able to consider that we’re working it again,” he mentioned. “I don’t know when it’s going to occur, this 12 months, the battle after this. I dunno. However assured, we’re working it again. In some unspecified time in the future. As long as he says sure, I’m greater than prepared to interrupt his ribs, his face, his spirit once more.”
Masvidal implied related negotiation points stopped a battle with Colby Covington from coming collectively, which is why the Usman battle fell into place. Why didn’t Jorge vs. Colby work out?
“Cuz Colby’s a b**tch,” Masvidal mentioned. “They supplied him good cash. After which the Colby deal was we already knew we had the Usman battle. So why would I be combating the quantity 2 man who simply acquired his jaw damaged, left working out of the ring, didn’t speak on Twitter for months cuz he acquired his jaw damaged. Why don’t I am going battle the man who broke his jaw?”
“I’ve already been beating the crap out of Colby for God is aware of how lengthy,” he continued. “I’m going to beat the crap out of him too earlier than my profession is completed. I’m gonna battle the most important greatest fights attainable. Then I’ll come down and battle these motherf**kers.”
“Colby is somebody that I actually can’t stand so I actually need to damage this man in a approach that I’ve by no means accomplished. I need to make it appear to be the Ben Askren battle was merciful in comparison with what I’m going to do to Colby. Assured. And that battle will happen, however after I f**king say so. As a result of keep in mind: who the f**ok is Colby. He fought Usman, generated beneath 300,000 PPVs. What did he do with Woodley? He simply doesn’t generate.”