After securing a multi-fight deal before facing Nate Diaz last year, Jorge Masvidal is looking to expand on his value.
The current BMF Champion is one of many fighters who have shared their frustrations with the UFC when it comes to pay. The drama surrounding him and the promotion reached a breaking point when he was passed over for an opportunity at UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman. Gilbert Burns took his spot after the two were rumored to face off during the summer. Now, Masvidal is expressing his frustrations so the fans can understand.
On multiple Instagram Live sessions, Masvidal (35-13) discussed what it would take for him to fight in the UFC again.
“It’s about how much I’m going to receive from the pay-per-view,” Masvidal stated, via MMA Fighting. “How much of a share I want from the pay-per-view. That’s one of the main things that I’m fighting about. I don’t feel that cut is fair and I don’t agree with it.”
Masvidal has been a professional since 2003. The 35-year-old has competed for AFC, BodogFIGHT, Strikeforce, and was at the first Bellator event. He made his UFC debut in 2013, beating Tim Means via unanimous decision. Masvidal is 12-6 with the promotion and is on a three-fight win streak. In July 2019, Masvidal beat Ben Askren in five seconds, breaking the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history.
His last bout was a TKO-win against Diaz at UFC 244 in November, winning the BMF TItle in the process. Masvidal’s contract negotiations led to the fight being as successful as it was, money-wise. “Gamebred” has been around the business long enough to know how it works, which is why he’s taking action.
“I love to fight and I always get told don’t say that,” Masvidal went on to say. “Because you know why? They expect me to do it cheap or damn near free. I love to compete in the sport that I do. But I’ve been doing it for a long time. I’ve been in the shadows studying, learning — what makes this guy be able to get that much money? That whole plan, we’ve been doing it for a while.
“We have a formula just like I do for fighting. I have a formula for the business side of it and if they don’t want to pay me what I’m worth, it’s cool. I’m set for life. I don’t have to fight. I fight because I love it.”
Masvidal joins Jon Jones, Henry Cejudo, and Conor McGregor as fighters who have voiced their displeasures with how they feel within the promotion. Jones has called for his UFC Light Heavyweight Title to be taken away, while Cejudo retired following a UFC Bantamweight Title defense. McGregor, a key figure for the promotion, once again retired in the middle of future fight negotiations.
As a result of his love fo the sport, Masvidal wants to fight again. However, he wants everything to be the way he believes it should be. Whether the UFC complies is up in the air.
“God willing I’m going to fight this year,” Masvidal stated. “What’s not gonna happen is I’m not gonna get played or underpaid. That’s for sure. I have a value, a formula we’ve come up with for what I’m worth and that comes off 16 years of doing this, of seeing the field in and out.
“I’m not some rookie. I’m not some guy handed the title for the first time in my life. I’m been in this position before in different organizations and stuff and we know how to calculate what I bring in. I want a fair share of what I bring in.”