Fans should expect to see the UFC’s “Baddest Motherf*****” return to the Octagon later this year.
No. 7-ranked welterweight Jorge Masvidal last competed inside the cage in April 2021 at UFC 261 when he challenged champion Kamaru Usman for the second time. They first fought in July 2020 on less than a week’s notice and “The Nigerian Nightmare” retained his title via unanimous decision.
Their rematch nine months later ended with Usman crushing “Gamebred” in the second round, winning by KO.
Although Masvidal lost his title bid, he still remains one of the biggest stars in the sport.
On Saturday, June 12, 2021, Masvidal was asked about his Octagon return plan by a fan. Gamebred revealed that he plans to fight again at the end of 2021. “End of the year after that Ppv money hits Got to make sure these people pay me #supernecessary,” Masvidal wrote.
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It’s Unclear Who Masvidal Will Fight Next
With two losses to the reigning champion Usman, Masvidal’s dreams of earning a UFC title have been greatly halted for the time being. He currently sits at No. 7 in the official rankings, so he’ll have to get to work knocking off contenders should he hope to make it to another title fight in the 170-pound division.
A scrap with No. 5 Vicente Luque could be a lot of fun, as well as a battle with No. 10 Geoff Neal.
At 36 years old and possibly at the height of his stardom, there is also a chance that Masvidal will forgo his title aspirations in pursuit of big-money fights with other notable stars. If that’s the case, a rematch with Nate Diaz could be something Gamebred eyes. Or potentially Nate’s older brother Nick Diaz, who has teased an Octagon return.
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Results for Saturday Night’s UFC 263
UFC 263 had a jam-packed main card with exciting results. UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya retained his belt by defeating Marvin Vettori by unanimous decision. In the co-main event, a new flyweight champion was crowned after Brandon Moreno tapped out reigning champion Deiveson Figueiredo in the third round.
In a five-round featured bout, Masvidal’s former opponent Nate Diaz returned to the Octagon to fight Leon Edwards. Edwards won the fight by unanimous decision.
Here are the UFC 263 fight card results below:
Israel Adesanya def. Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Brandon Moreno def. Deiveson Figueiredo via third-round submission (rear-naked choke)
Leon Edwards def. Nate Diaz via unanimous decision (49–46, 49–46, 49–46)
Belal Muhammad def. Demian Maia via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28)
Paul Craig def. Jamahal Hill via first-round TKO
Brad Riddell def. Drew Dober via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)
Eryk Anders def. Darren Stewart via unanimous decision (29-27 x2, 29-28)
Lauren Murphy def. Joanne Calderwood via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Movsar Evloev def. Hakeem Dawodu via unanimous decision (29–27, 29–27, 29–27)
Early Preliminary Card
Pannie Kianzad def. Alexis Davis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 29-28)
Terrance McKinney def. Matt Frevola via first-round KO
Steven Peterson def. Chase Hooper via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Fares Ziam def. Luigi Vendramini via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
Carlos Felipe def. Jake Collier via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)