Jorge Masvidal stated Tuesday that he desires an instantaneous rematch with UFC welterweight champ Kamaru Usman, even when it will imply passing on a possible bout with Conor McGregor, which Dana White stated may very well be the most important combat in UFC historical past.

Usman gained a unanimous resolution over Masvidal early Sunday morning on “Battle Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

“I need that rattling belt, and I am cussed,” Masvidal informed ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. “And I do know I am higher than Usman, and I wish to show it. I wish to combat once more.

“I am not going to take nothing from him; he gained the primary one. Let’s do it once more.”

Masvidal was respectful in ensuring Usman obtained the right credit score, regardless of Masvidal taking the combat on quick discover. Masvidal and the UFC agreed to a brand new contract July 4, precisely one week earlier than UFC 251, and the dearth of a correct combat camp appeared to play a task in Masvidal’s conditioning as he appeared gassed after he turned in a stable first spherical. However Usman is 12-Zero within the UFC and among the best fighters on the planet, so even a full camp for Masvidal may not have modified the end result.

Nonetheless, Masvidal desires the chance to seek out out, and he stated that so long as Usman is the opponent, he’d wish to combat once more this 12 months.

Masvidal initially was focused for UFC 251, however negotiations with the UFC fell aside and Gilbert Burns was tabbed on June 9 as the brand new challenger. However Burns examined optimistic for COVID-19 on July 3, prompting a brand new spherical of negotiations between Masvidal and the UFC.

“You’ll be able to inform me that McGregor proper now would make X, Y, Z {dollars}, the most important pay-per-view you get in historical past, proper, and I will receives a commission eternally,” Masvidal stated. “I really feel I am getting compensated effectively sufficient now that if I hold making the precise selections I have been doing, this cash is eternally cash. So it is not about cash.”

Masvidal’s unbelievable story included a breakout 12 months in 2019, when he scored three knockouts to grow to be a star in his 16th 12 months in MMA. He wished to money in on the momentum along with his biggest-money combat, however now his priorities apparently have modified.

“We’ll discuss to [the UFC],” Masvidal stated. “I am positive Usman could be onboard, as a result of that is probably the most cash he is made.

“So if he desires to make that big-boy cash once more, gotta run it again, come on, let’s go. So in enterprise that is sensible. I do not know what his administration is considering or what he is considering, however clearly that is what I wish to do.”

Usman’s supervisor, Ali Abdelaziz, who additionally represents Burns, has been adamant that Burns deserves the following title shot. Leon Edwards, who has gained eight in a row, additionally desires his shot.

“I am not going to be judging anyone,” Masvidal stated. “Is Gilbert good? Sure. Is Leon good? Sure. These guys are good, however I will vote for myself. I wish to combat Usman subsequent.”

Instantly after UFC 251, whereas nonetheless within the Octagon, Masvidal and Usman shared some phrases of respect. Masvidal appeared to say he could be again after a win or two. However, apparently, that timeline has modified.



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