In an interview with ESPN on Wednesday, Masvidal (35-13 MMA, 12-6 UFC) pointed to 1 primary hold-up: Usman’s asking value. In line with “BMF” titleholder Masvidal, Usman (16-1 MMA, 11-Zero UFC) is attempting, and failing, at negotiating large bucks from the UFC.
“Kamaru has requested for an insane sum of money,” Masvidal stated. “He had one of many worst pay-per-view playing cards of 2019. I had the perfect – simply by numbers. This isn’t an opinion. I had essentially the most bought pay-per-views of 2019. So he thinks he’s hit the jackpot and he’s asking loopy cash from the UFC. The UFC has informed him, ‘No,’ on a number of events.”
With the UFC unwilling to accommodate Usman’s requests, Masvidal indicated he’s not sure which matchup will probably be his subsequent. Not too long ago, Nate Diaz’s title has slid into the general public dialog. Masvidal didn’t rule out Diaz (20-12 MMA, 18-11 UFC) as his subsequent opponent, citing Diaz’s willingness to combat when Usman received’t compete for an affordable value.
“I don’t know,” Masvidal stated. “To inform you the reality and be trustworthy with you, I don’t suppose Nate has an issue with going in any respect. I believe Nate is able to go and he’s prepared to go. Usman is asking for – you realize folks within the UFC. Go learn how a lot cash he’s asking for. He’s asking for an absurd sum of money – an absurd sum of money.
“The UFC has stated, ‘(Expletive) that. Who’re you, man?’ How may you ask for this sum of money assured while you’re not a draw? You’re not a draw. You’re not a family title. No person is aware of you. Even the hardcores on this sport don’t look after you. He doesn’t have a commanding power like, ‘Hey, I may convey 300,000 pay-per-views, blah, blah, blah.’ No, he doesn’t do this.”
Masvidal’s subsequent combat reserving stays to be seen. Nevertheless, the 36-year-old welterweight fighter has not competed since UFC 244 in November, when he stopped Diaz on cuts in Spherical 4.
As for Usman, the UFC welterweight champion most lately headlined UFC 245 in December. In opposition to bitter rival Colby Covington, Usman efficiently defended his title for the primary time when he picked up a fifth-round TKO.