Jorge Masvidal


Again toppled by Kamaru Usman
April 24, 2021
Masvidal again came up short in his quest for the UFC Welterweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Kamaru Usman via KO (punch) at 1:02 of Round 2 at UFC 261 in Jacksonville.
Masvidal's durability is legendary, and while few expected him to actually win here, even fewer saw it ending like this. There was reason to believe Masvidal would fare a bit better with a full training camp under his belt as opposed to the first fight between the two he took on short notice, but it never materialized. Jorge has been a good solider and excellent fighter for many, many years, but there is a clear talent and physicality gap between these two. Saturday's disappointment aside, there's still reason to believe Masvidal can be an effective fighter moving forward. Sure, he isn't on the level of Usman, and he may never get back into title contention at age 36 and 50 professional fights into his career, but Jorge keeps himself in great shape and figures to return in the fairly near future.
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Gets another shot at title
March 15, 2021
Masvidal will take on Kamaru Usman for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 261 on April 24, Mike Heck of reports.
Masvidal last fought in July 2020 when he lost to Usman via unanimous decision at UFC 251, but he'll get another shot at the title as the headliner at UFC 261. Usman successfully retained his UFC Welterweight Championship in February when he defeated Gilbert Burns via TKO (punches) at UFC 258. Usman was handed a six-month medical suspension after the fight due to a right foot injury, but he's apparently been cleared to return in late April. Usman has slight advantages in both height and reach.
In talks for Diaz rematch
September 1, 2020
Masvidal is tentatively lined up to face Nate Diaz in a welterweight matchup at either UFC 256 in December or at another point in January, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Masvidal won the newly-minted "BMF" bout last November when the two squared off at Madison Square Garden, but the bout was stopped -- potentially prematurely -- after a doctor checked out a Diaz cut after Round 3 and rendered him unable to continue. Masvidal had clearly been in the driver's seat in that fight, but Diaz has tremendous cardio and is known for getting stronger as the fight goes on. That wouldn't be a factor if the rematch is only scheduled for three rounds, but it remains unclear what direction the UFC intends to take that in. Should both fighters eventually get ink to paper, it will once again line up as a fan-friendly fight that adds plenty of excitement to otherwise-average cards. If this comes to fruition, sportsbooks would presumably again peg Masvidal as a relatively large betting favorite, especially if it's only a three-round affair.
Can't pull upset at UFC 251
July 11, 2020
Masvidal came up short in his quest for the UFC Welterweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Kamaru Usman via unanimous decision (45-50, 45-50, 46-49) at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi.
Accepting a fight on less than a weeks' notice and having to fly halfway around the world to face one of the best fighters in the sport was just too much for Masvidal to overcome. Jorge started very quickly. He used his hand and foot speed to control the proceedings on the feet in Round 1. While Masvidal's takedown defense held up for the vast majority of the fight, he clearly, and understandably, quickly gassed out. Usman quickly (and correctly) recognized Jorge's exploits on the feet and thus forced Masvidal to retreat and play defense whenever possible. It would have been interesting to see what Jorge could have done here with a full training camp, but there was a clear size and strength advantage in Usman's favor, and no amount of training would have changed that. It wasn't the result Masvidal was looking for, but it's nice to see him get rewarded with a massive, well deserved pay day after all the success he has had over the years. Jorge should be back in the near future.
Passes COVID-19 test, fight on
July 5, 2020
Masvidal passed his test for COVID-19 on Sunday and the UFC has officially confirmed his fight against Kamaru Usman on July 11 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Masvidal will embark for Abu Dhabi immediately, per Ariel Helwani of ESPN. It's worth noting that "Gamebred" will still have to pass a number of future COVID tests, according to Ariel Helwani of ESPN, but getting the booking officially confirmed after successful negotiations was the largest obstacle. As it stands, Masvidal is on track for his first action of 2020 to come in the form of a shot at the welterweight belt.
Getting title shot
July 5, 2020
Masvidal will be getting his shot at the welterweight title against Kamaru Usman on July 11 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, reports.
The booking came together on short notice after Gilbert Burns was forced to pull out of the title fight after testing positive for COVID-19. Masvidal will still have to pass a COVID-19 test to make the booking official. Masvidal held off against a potential fight against Usman earlier after the offer was reportedly insufficient, but both sides have now agreed on terms and will fight for the welterweight belt. Neither fighter has competed in 2020.