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Midnight Mania! Stephen A. Smith rips Jorge Masvidal’s ‘inexplicable’ UFC 272 performance

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Very few fight fans were surprised by the main event of UFC 272.

Disappointed, sure, but even diehard Jorge Masvidal fans knew there was a fair-to-likely chance that no three piece and a soda would be handed out. Colby Covington did what Colby Covington does, forcing a grinding wrestling pace that made Masvidal look a whole lot more average than usual.

After the fight, Masvidal labeled his wrestling “flat” and admitted he needed further work in that area. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith weighed in on the grudge match and those comments, and he wasn’t all that impressed with Masvidal’s reasoning or preparation.

“I saw Masvidal, [he was] gutsy and survived the five rounds, waving Covington on, ‘Come on, let’s get some more, let’s get some more.’ He was literally using two security personnel to lean on because that’s how exhausted he was,” Smith said on First Take (via MMAFighting). “Covington looked like he was just starting, he was that energized. The guy is in phenomenal shape, he’s an outstanding wrestler, and Masvidal admitted that his wrestling was flat.

“How is it this flat coming into it knowing this guy as well as you know him, and knowing what he was going to try and do to you, and how much you supposedly hate him, how were you not ready for a wrestling match? I don’t understand. It’s inexplicable.”

As a result of the defeat, Masvidal has now lost three straight fights, admittedly to the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked Welterweights in the world. It’s not exactly clear where “Gamebred” goes next, but potential money fights opposite men like Nate Diaz or Conor McGregor would seem to make the most sense.

If he does fight another elite wrestler, however, Masvidal better come prepared next time.


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