Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White recently stated that if Nick Diaz kept turning down big fights, he would just starting giving them all to Jorge Masvidal.
So why the sudden urge to push “Gamebred?”
According to Jorge, it simply has to do with the fact that the promotion finally realized they can use him to eliminate fighters they don’t want to see rise and possibly compete for the title.
“I got the call from UFC, and UFC used to not like me not too long ago; but, they figured out one thing, they can use me to take out all the guys the don’t like. So, I’m here baby, I’m going to do what I do come May 13,” said Masvidal during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour.
That comment was made while Demian Maia — whom he will face at UFC 211 on May 13, 2017 (details) — was on the line, so you can’t help but to feel it was a straight jab to the submission wizard.
Dubbing himself an “executioner” for the company, Jorge says he is feeling the promotional love a bit, and says it simply took the promotion time to come to its senses and do some ancient secret math to understand the value they had in a legit “bad guy” like him.
“Because they did the math, it’s ancient secret math. Do you understand what I’m saying,” said Masvidal. “You’re looking at me and like, ‘Man, this dude is complete, bro. This guy is a problem in all fucking areas. We could use this guy to eliminate the guys we don’t like. So maybe Masvidal is kind of wild, he’s a spick, we can’t push him that much, but we can use him to eliminate the others becasue this guy is a real bad guy.’”
Jorge is fresh off his dominant knockout victory over Donald Cerrone -- a UFC favorite — at UFC on FOX 23 last January (relive it here). With a victory over Maia, “Gamebred” will collect his fourth straight win and set himself up nicely for his first-ever world UFC title fight.
And if he had his druthers, he wouldn’t want to face Tyron Woodley, a man he considers a good friend who looked out for him during their Strikeforce days. But, at the end of the day, Jorge says when it comes to the title, he’ll gladly put his relationship with Tyron to the side in order to reach his championship dreams and feed his kids.