- Jorge Masvidal last competed against Nate Diaz for the “BMF” title.
- He’s been on the sidelines due to a dispute with the UFC over his fight purses.
- Mike Brown believes Jorge Masvidal’s return fight will be for the championship.
Jorge Masvidal is one of the best and most popular fighters in MMA right now. He’s been in a public battle with the UFC over his pay and seems willing to sit on the sidelines until his fight purses increase. It seems highly likely that Jorge Masvidal’s return fight will take place sometime in the next couple of months.
The UFC’s welterweight division is extremely competitive right now. Masvidal is one of the top fighters in this weight class and everyone wants to see him compete for the title. Today, we’re going to discuss when Jorge is likely to step back into the cage.
Let’s get into it!
Looking Back at What Led to Masvidal’s Public Feud With the UFC
For years, both fighters and journalists have complained that the UFC does not pay its fighters enough money. This league is still one of the newest ones in the world, yet it’s grown tremendously successful over the past few years. The percentage of revenue the UFC pays to its fighters is still significantly lower than other major US sports leagues.
Over the past couple of months, some of the top fighters in the sport have been publicly complaining about their fight purses. Several even decided to retire. That includes Conor McGregor, the most famous mixed martial arts to ever live.
Jorge Masvidal was expected to take on Kamaru Usman this July for the welterweight championship of the world. Most agree he’s the rightful number-one contender. Unfortunately, he claims to be unwilling to fight Usman unless he’s paid more money.
Masvidal spoke to the media about this situation and claims the UFC is offering him less money than he earned in a recent fight with Nate Diaz. Dana White refutes this idea and points to the fact that Masvidal recently signed a new contract. Both sides seem unwilling to budge and it’s led to Jorge sitting on the sidelines.
The welterweight title is now on the line between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns. It’s still unclear when Jorge Masvidal will compete again. His coach spoke about the situation this week and offered some unique insight into this situation.
Coach Believes Jorge Masvidal’s Return Fight Will Be for the Belt
It’s been fun watching Jorge Masvidal grow to become such a popular fighter. He’s been in the game longer than most of his colleagues, taking his first MMA fight back in 2003. The past two years saw Jorge become one of the most popular fighters on the planet.
Many were extremely disappointed to see that Jorge Masvidal won’t be competing for the UFC welterweight championship. The stars were aligning and many UFC betting experts felt he was set to win the belt. It’s now unclear when exactly “Gamebred” will compete again.
American Top Team coach Mike Brown recently spoke with the media about Jorge Masvidal’s return fight. He claims Masvidal is likely to win the title as soon as the UFC increases his fight purses.
“He’s been in every day and is in great shape. He’s ready to go,” Brown said. “We had some great wrestlers in for him to train with. He was working with Bo Nickal and Cody Law, a couple of high-level Penn State wrestlers. He was getting ready for the Usman fight. Masvidal’s there. He’s ready to go. Once they come to an agreement, they give him the money he’s worth, then we’ll have a welterweight champ.”
Jorge Masvidal has all the skills to become champion. It was clear that he took the matchup with Kamaru Usman seriously by bringing in high-level wrestlers. Hopefully, we see his next fight take place sooner than later.
In the meantime, the welterweight championship of the world is being contested.
UFC 251 is Now Less than Two Weeks Away!
The UFC is one of the only US sports leagues to get back up and running. The promotion continues to hold major fight cards on a weekly basis. On July 11th, the UFC will host its very first event on “Fight Island,” headlined by a welterweight title fight between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns.
This fight is expected to be incredibly competitive. Usman has established himself as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC. Most recently, he defeated Colby Covington via 5th-round TKO in one of the best fights of 2019.
There aren’t many fighters in the UFC with as much momentum as Gilbert Burns. He’s coming off two incredible performances and recently defeated the former welterweight champion of the world, Tyron Woodley. Some feel that Burns is worth throwing some money on in this contest.
UFC 251 is filled with exciting bouts. The bantamweight and featherweight titles will also be up for grabs on this card. The UFC knows how many people will be turning in and stacked the card from top to bottom.
Jorge Masvidal’s return fight will not be taking place on this card. In fact, it’s unclear when he’ll compete next. He appears to be training and fans may see him finally getting a shot at the belt before the end of 2020.
When do you think Jorge will fight again? Who do you think will win between Usman and Burns at UFC 251? Let us know in the comments section below!