Hey, Billy Badass, dare to step to Jorge Masvidal, who is fired up and eager to prove that the top-ranked 155-pound Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters are no match for his superior fight skills.
"Gamebred" -- the former No. 1 Lightweight contender under the Strikeforce banner -- is fresh off his Octagon debut, defeating Tim Means via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 7 little more than one week ago (April 20, 2013). And rather than wait around for the phone to ring with a mystery opponent, Masvidal is taking matters into his own hands, calling out the winner of the recent UFC 159 "Fight of the Night" between Pat Healy and Jim Miller (it was Healy).
Most likely because the high-profile match was top-of-mind, but also Masvidal claims that he is looking to cash some "easy paychecks" at this stage of his career to feed his family.
His words (via GenghisConFIIms):
"I'm looking for easy paychecks at this stage of my career. I got my baby I got to feed, you know? So, I'm looking for easy paychecks at this stage of my career, man. Pat Healy, Jim Miller is right up there. Plus, one of them is ranked in the top something, so I definitely want to fight one of them. I just think for many years a lot of these guys that are so called top 10 and Billy badasses, really ain't shit. And I'm here to prove that. You can say it's a chip on my shoulder because I'm coming over from Strikeforce, or whatever. I think once they get in there with me, they are going to find out the truth. I'm about to change my name to ‘The Truth' in a second -- ‘The Truth Gamebred' Masvidal."
Masvidal has won four of his last five bouts, including decision victories over K.J. Noons, Justin Wilcox, Billy Evangelista and the aforementioned Means. His lone loss during that stretch came at the hands of former Strikeforce 155-pound champion Gilbert Melendez back in 2011, coming up short on all three judges' scorecards.
Impressive, sure, but other than Melendez, the four other opponents would be considered much "easier" than Healy, Miller and any other fighter currently ranked in the Top 20 for that matter. And Masvidal has been unable to dominate them and/or demonstrate that he has finishing ability at this level.
And against an animal like Healy -- who has three finishes in his five most recent appearances -- Masvidal would likely be a heavy under dog. Indeed, there is nothing remotely "easy" about "Bam Bam."