Jorge Masvidal Reveals UFC Return Date & Opponent Plans

Jorge Masvidal

Getty Jorge Masvidal is awarded the "BMF" belt by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson after his victory by TKO on a medical stoppage against Nate Diaz at UFC 244.

Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal wants a rematch with UFC welterweight champion Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman, and he wants it before the end of the year. Gamebred stepped in on six days’ notice to fill in for Gilbert Burns who was scheduled to fight Usman for the title in the main event of UFC 251 on July 11. Burns contracted COVID-19 and was forced off the card.

The fight between Masvidal and The Nigerian Nightmare went all five championship rounds, and Usman picked up the victory by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46). Feeling like his best form wasn’t inside the Octagon that night, Gamebred wants to run the fight back with a full training camp.

On August 5, Masvidal took part in a cornhole “grudge match” against American Cornhole League professional Cody Henderson. Although Masvidal started with a 15-point lead, Henderson only needed three rounds to defeat the fighter. During the postgame interview, Masvidal was asked what his UFC fight plans were.

Masvidal said that he wanted to return in November or December to fight the champ, but it hinges on Usman’s medical suspension. Gamebred said, “My opponent has a broken nose, he’s going to be out for a couple of days due to me.”

Nasal X-Ray Could Pave the Way for Masvidal-Usman

The Nigerian Nightmare received a 180-day medical suspension for a potentially broken nose, ESPN reported, but he can be cleared by a doctor if he passes a nasal X-ray.

Gamebred continued, “I think next week we’re going to find out just how long he’s out for and then we can start determining who will be the next fight and where.” It’s unclear if Masvidal will accept another opponent to fight in November or December if The Nigerian Nightmare has to sit out for the full 180 days.

Usman has been linked to Burns for his next title fight as the Brazilian is currently ranked No. 1 in the welterweight division.

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After the UFC 251 Fight, Masvidal Said He Would Pick the Usman Rematch Over More Lucrative Fights

A few days after his loss to Usman, Masvidal spoke with ESPN and expressed his interest in rematching The Nigerian Nightmare. He said, “Could they offer me bigger names and pay me more money? Yes, for a fact. But if it’s up to me, Usman.”

Gamebred said, “I want that damn belt and I’m stubborn.”

Masvidal said that if he had to choose between a blockbuster bout with Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz or a rematch with Usman, he would choose the latter.

He said, “You can tell me that McGregor right now would make X, Y, Z dollars, the biggest pay-per-view you get in history, right, and I’m going to get paid forever. I feel I’ve got compensated well enough now that [if] I keep making the right decisions I’ve been doing, then this money is forever money. So it’s not about money.”

Gamebred said, “I know I’m better than Usman, and I want to prove it. I want to fight again. I’m not going to take nothing from him; he won the first one. Let’s do it again.”

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