Jorge Masvidal vowed to battle once more in 2020 after lashing out at Final Preventing Championship (UFC) earlier this yr for not paying him what he felt he deserved for all his years of service for the promotion.
What he — and the remainder of us — didn’t anticipate, although, is for him to battle so quickly, as he’ll face Kamaru Usman for the Welterweight strap this Sat. night time (July 11, 2020) at UFC 251 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. It’s a last-minute championship battle that got here to be after Gilbert Burns was compelled out of the headlining act after testing constructive for COVID-19.
So how did Dana White and Masvidal handle to squash their variations so rapidly? The outspoken head honcho broke all of it down throughout a current interview on ESPN.
“When you have a look at the 20 yr historical past [of the UFC], this type of stuff occurs. If you get into negotiations for fights, this stuff occur. Gilbert Burns has been on a tear and was constantly combating and needed to proceed to battle and was the primary contender, so Gilbert Burns made sense,” he stated.
“Clearly Masvidal has develop into a large star over the past yr and a half, and that’s the battle that individuals wish to see, so when Burns fell out, we received in a room and figured Masvidal out.”
Certainly, “Gamebred” had a stellar run in 2019, incomes consecutive knockout wins over Darren Until, Ben Askren and Nate Diaz. That was a ok put him on the entrance of the championship line. However when time got here to signal on the dotted line, Masvidal and UFC hit a street block when it got here to pay.
However now that the variations have been settled and Masvidal is below a brand new — and extra profitable — contract, “Gamebred” appears to be like so as to add the 170-pound title to his mantle, proper alongside his “BMF” strap.