• Jerry Markarian

Jorge Masvidal Follows Latest UFC Trend




Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal made a series of Twitter posts this past week to voice his displeasure with Dana White and the UFC for their handling of contract negotiations.


This marks the third week in a row in which one of the UFCs top competitors has aired their grievances out with White on the Twitter platform.


Masvidal, who is currently ranked as UFC’s #2 welterweight competitor, is unhappy that he keeps being put in positions where he feels that he must accept unfair contracts to receive basic compensation.


“I’m in a contract that I had to take to get paid,” said Masvidal. “Same way I got a new contract to fight Till. Then a new contract to fight Nate. They keep extending the amounts of fights to my contract to keep me locked up and when I say I only want a 4-fight contract it’s take it or leave it.”


Masvidal, who still has seven fights left on the deal that he signed before fighting Nate Diaz at UFC 244 in November, has gone as far as to request that the UFC release him from the contract entirely.


Masvidal has also stated that he is being offered less money to take on current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman than he made to take on Diaz.


The 35-year-old brawler has been one of the top fighters in the industry since he made his professional fighting debut nearly two decades ago in 2003.


Masvidal has been fighting for the UFC since 2013 and had one of the better overall performances in 2019. He bested three top competitors in the welterweight division and even took home the ESPN’s Male Fighter of the Year award. Masvidal also won the symbolic “BMF Belt” (which was also retired that night because it’s lack of inherent meaning) when he beat Diaz.


With his latest series of tweets, Masvidal joins a star-studded list including Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, and Henry Cejudo, who all have voiced their displeasure with Dana White and the rest of the UFC in the past few months.


While he has solidified himself as one of the best fighters in the UFC over the past year, the future is now very much up-in-the-air for Masvidal, and it is anyone’s guess whether this conversation means that he has fought his last bout for the UFC.


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