Jorge Masvidal rolled the dice by accepting a UFC welterweight title prospect on six-days’ observe against Kamaru Usman and crapped out. The well known BMF champion was completely dominated by Usman and dropped a unanimous determination in the main party of UFC 251 at “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi.
But Masvidal most likely missing practically nothing in phrases of attractiveness contemplating that the deck was stacked towards him and the battle performed out like most believed it would. He didn’t experience much harm and could surely come across himself in a superior-profile struggle in his future outing.
Dejected with his effectiveness, Masvidal was uninterested in talking considerably about upcoming opponents afterward outside of a doable rematch with Usman. Inevitably, he arrived around and mentioned he’d be keen to choose on whoever will get him nearer to another title possibility.
“Leon Edwards, if the figures make feeling, or whoever it is that gets me nearer to the title,” the 35-yr-old reported. Masvidal and the recent No. 4 welterweight contender had a backstage altercation previous March and the battle can make sense from a marketing standpoint with a constructed-in narrative to attach to the struggle.
But there is a further opponent rated larger than Edwards who has a background with Masvidal and could place “Gamebred” proper back again into title contention.
“The fragile male with the MAGA hat, unquestionably not him for the reason that he obtained finished by (Usman) with a total instruction camp,” Masvidal said dismissively of his previous schooling husband or wife turned foe. “He experienced like 12 weeks and got concluded so I imagine that man is under me by a ton. 6-days’ detect and I was nowhere near obtaining damage or acquiring place out, so definitely not that punk.”
Covington was stopped in the fifth-round by Usman very last December and hasn’t fought given that then. He is presently ranked ahead of Masvidal at No. 2 and provided his turbulent record with Masvidal, it would show up to be a extremely marketable fight for the UFC.
The two had been teaching companions at American Major Crew right before concerns cropped up involving Covington and his teammates, such as Dustin Poirier and Masvidal. Inevitably, the turmoil led to Covington leaving ATT. The two have traded barbs via the media in excess of the earlier yr and it appears to be like they will sooner or later have to cross paths if possibly want yet another crack at the welterweight title.
But if Masvidal has his way, it will in no way happen.
“Nobody is aware that person,” he explained. “He obtained his jaw damaged (by Usman) and had to operate out of there.”
You know what that means, ideal? The battle will in all probability take place.