Simply final month, Final Combating Championship (UFC) President Dana White advised the blended martial arts (MMA) media that he wasn’t going to beg anybody to struggle, together with welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal, and that matchmakers had a “take it or depart it” method to bookings.

Then “Gamebred” helped lead the UFC 251 pay-per-view (PPV) occasion to 1.three million pay-per-view (PPV) buys final weekend on “Combat Island” in Abu Dhabi, the second-best quantity since late 2018, and immediately White is singing a a lot completely different tune.

“Masvidal is a large star,” White advised reporters after the UFC on ESPN 13 weigh ins (full outcomes right here). “Clearly, Usman, the champion and a man that we’re all begin to notice is hard to beat and an awesome card beneath, it was a really profitable occasion. We’re pleased. This factor killed it throughout the board in each approach you can probably kill it. It was superior. The factor did very well.”

UFC 251 featured Usman’s five-round unanimous resolution victory over Masvidal within the welterweight foremost occasion, which adopted consecutive title fights pitting Alexander Volkanovski in opposition to Max Holloway (featherweight) and Petr Yan reverse Jose Aldo (bantamweight).

The true measure of Masvidal’s star is more likely to come his subsequent day out, although it’s laborious to say what route the promotion will go when it comes to matchmaking. Former good friend and coaching accomplice Colby Covington stays an possibility, as does welterweight tiny boi Conor McGregor.