Jorge Masvidal has attempted to win the UFC title twice, but both attempts have failed.
Despite losing back-to-back title fights to welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, “Gamebred” isn’t giving up on winning his first UFC title.
Masvidal (35-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC) will, however, most likely have to defeat some of his fellow top contenders to get there. Masvidal highlighted two of the names he’s closing up on for his rematch in an interview on Sunday.
“I don’t know, man,” Masvidal said. “I mean, sh*t, (Gilbert) ‘Durinho’ (Burns) is calling me out. If we can make it pop with ‘Durinho,’ Leon (Edwards), any one of these guys that gets me closer to the belt, I don’t care how many fights I have to do.
@GamebredFighter is coming for either @Leon_edwardsmma or @GilbertDurinho idk if that’s technically Abdelaziz on his account or whatever 🤷🏾♂️ Fuck em up like Tay Keith! 🎶#GameBred #StreetJesus pic.twitter.com/S4tmvtfA7C— Elias (Eh-lee-ahs) (@getuxo) August 14, 2021
Burns (20-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC), who is fresh off a recent unanimous decision win over Stephen Thompson, was quick to respond to the surfacing of the callout video clip. He eagerly accepted Masvidal’s callout with, “Let’s do it” and threw out the timeline of November or December.
While Edwards has yet to answer to Masvidal’s most recent verbal jab, the two fighters have long traded insults and taunts in interviews and on social media, dating back to a backstage brawl in London in March 2019.
Colby Covington, his former teammate and friend who is currently in the next title challenger spot, is one name he has left off his list. Masvidal said he doesn’t want to draw more attention to Covington because the two have been feuding for a long time.
“I’m not going to say his name because I don’t want to make him famous,” Masvidal said. “But if you know him for being fragile, you know who I’m talking about. He’s got a big old mouth. He’s fragile as f*ck. I only say he’s fragile because he got his jaw broken, you know? Usman and him are tied up.”
While Masvidal hasn’t revealed a timeline for his return, the 36-year-old did hint in a recent tweet that something might be in the works.
“Good news that PPV money hit see you in the cage soon #supernecessary”
Good news that PPV money hit 🤑🤑 see you in the cage soon #supernecessary— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) August 12, 2021