Jorge Masvidal Reflects On UFC Career, Including One Big Regret

Despite an MMA career that is viewed by many as legendary, Masvidal does not live without regret following his UFC retirement.

Masvidal put an end to his time with the UFC following a 4th straight loss, to Gilbert Burns at UFC 287 in April 2023. Since then, he has a boxing match scheduled with former BMF title opponent Nate Diaz in July, and has kept busy promoting fights with his promotion ‘Gamebred Bareknuckle MMA‘.

During a recent appearance on YouTube with Sean O’Malley and Tim Welch, Masvidal reflected on the decision he made to step in on short notice to fight Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title at UFC 251 in 2020. He pointed to this event when asked about one of his biggest regrets.

“It’s a regret, but also not a regret. When I got the call to fight [Kamaru] Usman on six days’ notice, me and the UFC had been going back because I wanted more pay-per-view money, I wanted a bigger distribution on the pay-per-views that I was bringing in,” Masvidal said. “They weren’t budging on that…if I bring in money, I want to get paid money. If I sell 100-thousand pay-per-views, then don’t give me s***…but I wanted to get f**** paid…

“That was going on for a while and then we came to a halt… and I was like ‘F***. Whatever bro, I guess it’s not meant to me’. In Strikeforce, I fought for the lightweight world title, and the UFC had already purchased the company, but I got a s*** deal. The fight kept getting pushed back…and I made $16,000 to challenge for the world title, against the guy who was top-rated in the world…then I had all of the chips on my side, because who is going to cut all this weight, six days, make weight and at the time I’m number one. So they didn’t have any choice…I fought for everything I could, I made more money than I ever had in my career…but I didn’t get the decision I wanted in that fight. It would’ve been completely different [if it was seven weeks’ notice].”

Masvidal’s first fight with Usman would begin the losing streak that the former BMF titleholder finished his career on. Following the decision loss at UFC 251, he would fall short versus Usman once again, this time by knockout in the 2nd round of their 2021 contest.

“Gamebred” would appear twice more in the Octagon, suffering losses to both Colby Covington and Gilbert Burns, before decided to call an end to things in 2023.

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