Despite remaining extremely active in the fight game during retirement, in his new-found role as promoter, Jorge Masvidal (35-17) feels that a return to active competition within the UFC could still be a possibility.
Masvidal retired from the sport following a unanimous decision loss to Gilbert Burns at UFC 287 back in April, ending a long, and respectable 52-fight career. But, with him already talking about a potential return, many don’t believe that we have seen the last of “Gamebred” inside the Octagon.
Following his knockout victory over Dustin Poirier by way of a devastating head kick, Justin Gaethje claimed Masvidal’s formally held BMF title, which was handed to Gaethje by Masvidal himself after the bout.
Jorge Masvidal was probably pissed to give Justin Gaethje the BMF beltpic.twitter.com/p12CHxhfr6
— MMA Mania (@mmamania) July 30, 2023
In a recent interview with ESPN’s Marc Raimondi, Masvidal expressed that he believes that it should be him to get the opportunity to challenge Gaethje “if” he decides to return to action.
“That’s a big ‘if’. I never knock off coming back to fight, because I love fighting. I love fighting. It’s my favorite pastime, It’s my favorite sport, it’s my way of life. So I can never say I’m not going to fight.”
-Masvidal via ESPN MMA’s Marc Raimondi
For now, Masvidal remains retired, but is staying active in the fight community. Next Friday (September 8th) the professional fighter turned promoter will be focused on his third event of 2023 with Gamebred Bareknuckle MMA: Dos Santos vs. Werdum.