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Midnight Mania! Jorge Masvidal shuts down BMF title defense against Gilbert Burns: ‘I already got my contract’

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Remember the BMF title? Back in 2019, UFC and The Rock teamed up to decide that Jorge Masvidal deserved special recognition for becoming the 14th man to split open Nate Diaz’s face inside the Octagon. He was given a fancy silver belt for his victory, and despite a trio of losses since then, there has yet to be a new BMF champion named.

Gilbert Burns is looking to change that fact. He was recently booked to fight Masvidal at UFC 287 on April 8, 2023 after many previous cancellations. Earlier on Monday, Burns took to Twitter to call for a five round fight and defense of the BMF title, demanding the title go to an athlete proven to take on all comers.

“Come on @danawhite April 8 has to be 5 rounds! Put that belt on the line! Everybody knows It’s only one guy in the @ufc that fights ANYONE!”

It didn’t take Masvidal long to respond. Shortly afterward, Masvidal responded on “The MMA Hour.” Though he didn’t seem necessarily opposed to more rounds or defending the title, Masvidal answered that the contract was already signed, and he wouldn’t do anything beyond a standard three-round fight without further incentive.

“If they pay me ‘BMF’ money, which UFC isn’t going to up it up for more money,” Masvidal said (via MMAJunkie). “So, sorry Gilbert. I already got my contract, man. I already signed my sh*t. I could give a f*ck less.”

BMF belt or no, there’s a chance this match up could produce a title contender. Leon Edwards has been practically begging “Gamebred” to win a fight for months now, so if “Rocky” leaves London strapped with gold, a win could equal a title shot for Masvidal.

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