Masvidal stated that the UFC did not give him each single factor he requested for however that the deal got here “very, very shut” to that and he is “blissful” with it.
Masvidal had been probably the most vocal UFC stars in years on the subject of fighter pay. Final month, the welterweight star tweeted that if the UFC did not suppose he was price it, the promotion ought to launch him.
These tweets had been made because the negotiations between the UFC and Masvidal for a welterweight title battle towards Usman fell aside. On Sunday — simply six days earlier than the battle — the 2 sides lastly got here to an settlement.
Usman will defend his welterweight belt towards Masvidal in the primary occasion of UFC 251 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi. Usman’s earlier opponent, Gilbert Burns, withdrew Friday due to sickness. Masvidal is stepping in on six days’ discover, although he was the challenger the UFC tabbed within the first place earlier than contract talks halted.
“I am blissful greater than something as a result of I get to interrupt this man’s face and receives a commission for it,” Masvidal stated.
Masvidal stated the UFC’s first provide final month for him to battle Usman was a “s— deal on the pay-per-view finish and on the assured aspect.”
“I can perceive you do not wish to give me that a lot on the assured,” Masvidal stated. “However on the pay-per-view, what I herald, what folks buy, I need more cash on that, and so they weren’t budging. And that was that. So, all this craziness needed to occur for them to come back to their senses.”
Masvidal stated he will not cease talking up about what he perceives as a problem with how a lot fighters receives a commission. However he stated issues have gotten nearer to an understanding between him personally and the UFC.
“We’re not there but, however we’re headed in that path,” Masvidal stated. “Shifting ahead after this battle, they’re gonna deal with me accordingly. Or I am going to simply step in final minute six days to go and receives a commission then, I suppose. That is the brand new scheme I’ve to do, no matter. However I am gonna receives a commission each day out.”
Masvidal flew to Las Vegas on Sunday and handed a COVID-19 check. He was quarantining in his lodge room Sunday evening and will probably be taking a non-public jet to Abu Dhabi on Monday. Usman is predicted to go away Las Vegas on Monday as nicely. His supervisor, Ali Abdelaziz, advised ESPN on Sunday evening that “the battle is on.”
Relating to coaching and being able to battle, Masvidal stated he wasn’t in a full coaching camp as a result of he did not know he’d be competing in a battle till this weekend. However “Gamebred” stated he had been at his American High Crew health club two or 3 times every week and lifting and staying energetic. Masvidal stated he weighed 192 kilos on Saturday. He’ll must weigh 170 kilos at most this coming Friday for the title battle to be official.
“I by no means stopped coaching,” Masvidal stated. “I am all the time coaching. However I am not all the time within the health club doing the specifics.” Masvidal stated that he believes he is in satisfactory form to battle Saturday, whereas taking a shot at Usman in contrast with two of Masvidal’s current opponents.
“In case you’re asking me, are you in form?” Masvidal stated. “… Possibly to not battle Ben Askren. I am not in Ben Askren form, as a result of he is a hell of a wrestler. And even to battle a man like Darren Until. However am I in form for this bum I am about to decapitate and baptize? Hell yeah.”
Masvidal may have 48 profession professional fights Saturday when he makes the stroll towards Usman (pending additional COVID-19 protocols in Abu Dhabi). That is the second most ever for a fighter showing in his or her first UFC title battle. If he wins, Masvidal already is aware of whom he desires to defend the welterweight belt towards: Nate Diaz and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.
Diaz praised the rescheduling of Usman vs. Masvidal this weekend, tweeting “actual fighters are higher fights.” Masvidal stopped Diaz by way of TKO as a consequence of a physician’s stoppage at UFC 244 final November at Madison Sq. Backyard. It was Masvidal’s third straight end, propelling him to UFC stardom and the legendary “BMF” title. But it surely wasn’t the way in which he needed to beat Diaz.
“It doesn’t matter what, it was a great battle,” Masvidal stated. “Me nor the world did not get the outcomes that we needed. I do know Nate desires to run it again. I am telling you — I am talking from the guts — I wish to run it again.”
In fact, Usman is the opponent first. Masvidal envisions a vicious finish at UFC 251.
“Chilly-blooded as might be,” Masvidal stated. “His physique is greedy for air as I’ve bought my hand raised over him. I am gonna baptize him, man, for the world to see. It is gonna be violent.”