Jorge Masvidal
Gamebred

USA

Can't pull upset at UFC 251
WelterweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
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Passes COVID-19 test, fight on
WelterweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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
WelterweightUFC
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, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
Plans to fight in 2020
WelterweightUFC
June 25, 2020
Masvidal said Thursday that he plans to fight in 2020, MMA Junkie reports. "I'm gonna fight this year. God willing, I'm gonna fight this year. What's not gonna happen is I'm not gonna be played or underpaid," Masvidal said.
ANALYSIS
Masvidal was close to being matchup up against Kamaru Usman in July but the offer was reportedly insufficient. He still plans on fighting before the end f the year, but it appears that he will require a large cut of the pay-per-view and other revenue streams. Masvidal has not fought yet in 2020.
Could be up for title shot
WelterweightUFC
February 3, 2020
Masvidal is being targeted for a potential welterweight title shot against Kamaru Usman during International Fight Week 2020, Marc Raimondi and Ariel Helwani of ESPN report.
ANALYSIS
With the UFC currently setting up Conor McGregor to face the winner of April's matchup between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, Masvidal is suddenly freed up for a shot at the welterweight title. The fight is even getting some hype following a highly-publicized verbal altercation during Super Bowl week, though the matchup wouldn't theoretically take place until July 12, as Usman continues to recover from a thumb injury. Usman would have height and reach advantages in this matchup, in addition to statistically superior striking and vastly better offensive wrestling marks. What Masvidal brings to the table can't be displayed in numbers, however, as he's competed against the elite lightweight and welterweight fighters across 24 UFC/Strikeforce bouts. Despite the strong resume, this would be Masvidal's first official title shot under the UFC banner.
New UFC 'BMF' champion
WelterweightUFC
November 2, 2019
Masvidal defeated Nate Diaz via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 3 at UFC 244 on Saturday in New York City.
ANALYSIS
The New York State Athletic Commission is quickly earning a reputation and it's not a positive one. Of course, the doctor's decision to call off the fight wasn't Masvidal's fault. All he did was go out and dominate Diaz for the vast majority of the bout. Jorge threw everything but the kitchen sink at Nate and Diaz manage to survive. That should come as no surprise. Masvidal is legitimately one of the best boxers in the company. He throws a lot and his placement is outstanding. This was the ultimate anti-climatic ending to a fight that had Madison Square Garden rocking. Masvidal already stated that he wants the UFC to run this one back. It's really the only decision that makes sense.