Jorge Masvidal


Preparing to fight Nate Diaz
September 7, 2019
Masvidal will fight Nate Diaz in a welterweight matchup in the main event of UFC 244 on Nov. 2, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
A bout between the two popular fighters has been teased ever since Diaz called out Masvidal in August, and now a date has finally been set. Masvidal is coming off a solid win over Ben Askren via KO (flying knee) in July, while Diaz won his last outing via unanimous decision over Anthony Pettis. In terms of striking volume, Diaz and his 4.71 significant strikes landed per minute are difficult to beat, though Masvidal does sport superior striking defense. Both of these men have a grappling in their arsenal, but given they're selling this as the "gangsterweight title," it seems more likely to be a standup affair. Should that turn out to be the case, there will be high potential for fantasy scoring in this five-round matchup. Diaz will enter with slight height and reach advantages, despite the fight being a weight class higher than he has competed at for the majority of his career. Masvidal has fought (and won) twice in 2019, but Diaz shook off any potential rust when he needed just three rounds to land 114 significant strikes against Pettis. This is a highly marketable showdown worthy of a main event slot, even if no traditional belt is on the line, and a more-than-serviceable consolation prize for the fact the UFC wasn't able to get a title fight between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington done.
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Accepts Diaz call out
August 20, 2019
Masvidal has accepted the challenge to fight Nate Diaz as his next opponent, Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports.
Coming off of the quickest knockout in UFC history, Masvidal caught the attention of Nate Diaz, who called him out to fight him next after he defeated Anthony Pettis on Saturday. The 34-year-old is now in negotiations to get the fight set up. There is not an official date scheduled as of yet, but a conditional match is anticipated to occur in either November or December of this year.
Won't get next title shot
August 8, 2019
UFC President Dana White confirmed Wednesday that Masvidal will not be offered the next title shot at 170 pounds, Damon Martin of reports.
Masvidal is fresh off the fastest knockout in UFC history, which led to a huge boost in name recognition and title aspirations to go along with it. His management team had previously suggested that the only two fights that interest him next are a title shot or a matchup with the sport's biggest draw -- Conor McGregor. White dismissed notions of a Masvidal/McGregor matchup with the reasoning being that Masvidal is too big, while White also confirmed that it will be Colby Covington that is next in line for a shot at Kamaru Usman's belt. The UFC intends to offer Masvidal another fight -- potentially against fellow top contender Leon Edwards -- though it's not clear whether Masvidal would accept. It would be a big risk to turn down that fight and take extended time on the sidelines in hopes of eventually getting a title opportunity.
Scores fastest KO in UFC history
July 6, 2019
Masvidal defeated Ben Askren via KO (flying knee) at 0:05 of Round 1 at UFC 239 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
That time is not a mistake. It is the fastest knockout in UFC history. The actual time was more like 0:02 but it took two or three seconds for referee Herb Dean to get in position to wave off the fight. It was a calculated risk from Masvidal -- he could have easily ended up on his back with Askren on top of him if he miss timed his shot, but it paid off in a big way and resulted in hands down one of the most memorable finishes in the history of the sport. Coming off back-to-back knockout wins over Askren and Darren Till, Masvidal has a case to be next in line for Kamaru Usman's UFC Welterweight Championship. He'll rest easy in the meantime after taking home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts.
Underdog at UFC 239
June 17, 2019
Masvidal is approximately a (+175) betting underdog for his welterweight matchup against Ben Askren at UFC 239 on July 6.
Masvidal started to regain momentum with a KO victory over Darren Till in London last March, and booked a fight with the undefeated Askren just weeks after the event. Both men will be 34 years old when they step into the cage on fight night, and both stand at 5-11, though Masvidal has a slight edge in reach. The strength of Askren has always been his wrestling background, which was again showcased in his UFC debut against Robbie Lawler. Askren didn't land a single significant strike, but showed off a mighty chin en route to getting a submission victory against a respected UFC veteran. Masvidal has a lengthy pro fighting career as well, and while he took nearly two years off prior to the Till matchup, he's been fighting elite lightweights and welterweights for the better part of the last decade. Masvidal sports a respectable 77 percent takedown defense, but has yet to face an opponent as relentless in their pursuit of the takedown as Askren. Masvidal's best chance to win here is to keep this fight standing and put Askren's chin to the test, but this is something Askren's opponents have yet to be successful in to date.
Books next fight already
March 29, 2019
Masvidal will fight Ben Askren at UFC 239 on July 6 in Las Vegas, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
While the ink has yet to dry on the paperwork for this fight, it appears Masvidal won't take much of a rest after defeating Darren Till at UFC Fight Night in London just over a week ago. It continues an upward trend for Masvidal following a year-and-a-half-long absence from the Octagon prior to squaring up with Till.