For the second straight week, the UFC is sparring with one in all its greatest stars.
Jorge Masvidal, one in all MMA’s hottest names, took to Twitter on Friday to air his grievances over the breakdown of contract talks with the UFC. Masvidal was presupposed to problem Kamaru Usman for the UFC welterweight title in July, however negotiations have fallen aside. Final week, UFC gentle heavyweight champion Jon Jones requested for his launch and Monday he mentioned he would relinquish his title.
“I am not an impartial contractor if I can not go anyplace else to make a dwelling,” Masvidal wrote. “Let me go and let me see if I am price it.”
Jones and Masvidal are each represented by the Kawa brothers, Malki and Abe, of First Spherical Administration.
Masvidal is coming off a third-round TKO win over Nate Diaz at UFC 244 in November, which received him the legendary BMF title at Madison Sq. Backyard. “Gamebred,” as Masvidal is thought, was ESPN’s Male Fighter of the 12 months for 2019. He knocked out Darren Until, Ben Askren and Diaz in an eight-month span.
Usman vs. Masvidal would have been probably the most anticipated title fights of 2020. On Twitter, Masvidal wrote that the UFC supplied him “half” of what he received to struggle Diaz for the Usman struggle.
“I fought in backyards and people dudes by no means disrespected me the best way I am being now,” Masvidal wrote.
UFC president Dana White instructed reporters Friday afternoon after the UFC 250 weigh-ins that different sports activities are presently negotiating with gamers over wage cuts over a pandemic-shortened season and “everyone needs extra money.”
“You do not have to struggle,” White mentioned. “Anyone that does not need to struggle would not should struggle. Together with Masvidal and Jon Jones and all these different guys. And it would not should be due to a pandemic. These guys are impartial contractors. … We’re not begging individuals to struggle.”
Masvidal responded on Twitter that White mustn’t evaluate the UFC to different leagues, which pay gamers “half the income they generate.” UFC fighters should not have a union.
“We’re negotiating from like what 12% to perhaps 18% of income we generate?” Masvidal mentioned. “We’re negotiating down from method beneath. … I do not receives a commission on the new canine you promote within the area or the emblem on the cage. I’ve by no means made a greenback on a ticket you promote. I get punched within the face for a dwelling and even I do know the pandemic or what’s left of it has nothing to do with it.”
Concerning Jones, White mentioned the 2 haven’t but spoken and he has had “loads” of disagreements with Jones up to now. Jones is arguably the best fighter in UFC historical past.
“Jon Jones is in my view the very best to ever do it,” White mentioned. “Let him take a while and we’ll get it found out.”