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Jorge Masvidal when he fought Colby Covington at UFC 272.
Jorge Masvidal when he fought Colby Covington at UFC 272.
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Former UFC welterweight title challenger Jorge Masvidal is on the look-out for his next fight (in the Octagon, we assume). “Gamebred” is coming off a loss to Colby Covington at UFC 272 and back-to-back losses to UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman.

He’s talked a lot of smack lately with Conor McGregor, who is one year removed from a major injury suffered in the cage (see it). Both men have seemed eager to settle their beef in a sanctioned bout. However, there might be a more realistic offer on the table for Masvidal.

Fellow recent title challenger, Gilbert Burns, has been calling out Masvidal for months now. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace has even gone so far to offer a “no takedowns” stipulation on their proposed bout agreement. That way the pair can compete in the dimension of MMA that Masvidal is considered strongest in.

Masvidal has told MMA Fighting that he welcomes a fight with Burns. But he doesn’t need a “no takedowns” clause for this contest.

“Do your game, my brother. Do what’s gotten you here,” said Masvidal. “I know he’s a world champion in [Brazilian jiu-jitsu]. I’m trying to work on my grappling, always trying to get better. So do everything that God has allowed you to do and blessed you to do.”

Masvidal went on to say that a fight with Burns “definitely” interests him.

“Before the Conor fight came up, that’s the one that called me out and I was like, this is a guy that comes to fight. The whole world doesn’t know him but they will, because he comes to fight. He’s going to try and choke you out, knock you out, and just has a good style. I like the fight.”

Before Masvidal can take the next step in his career, he needs to contend with some pressing legal issues. Masvidal was hit with an assault charge in March after he allegedly ambushed Colby Covington outside of a Miami restaurant.


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Check out the trailer below:

See it or skip it? Let me know in the comments.

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