Jorge Masvidal was delighted to get “very, very close” to the cash he wished to face UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman after stepping in to substitute Gilbert Burns.
Burns was named as Usman’s opponent for the primary occasion at “Fight Island” within the United Arab Emirates this weekend after negotiations between UFC and Masvidal broke down. The 35-year-old had beforehand been crucial of the UFC in a public pay dispute.
Then Burns was compelled to pull out of UFC 251 after contracting the coronavirus, and the group turned to Masvidal.
Whereas heading into the fight with simply six days’ discover is much from supreme for Masvidal, he was happy that he was paid nearer to what he felt he deserves.
“Friday night’s when they called, Saturday the deal was in place,” Masvidal advised ESPN after agreeing to a brand new multifight contract.”We had to break them down. That’s why some people don’t seem too happy to see me, you can see it in their face. I’m going to do my job always, I’m going provide for me and my family.
“I see on pay-per-view what I usher in, we all know — me and my staff — what I deserve, so once we received undercut and low-balled, (I mentioned) ‘All proper, cool, no drawback. Let’s have a look at what occurs.’
“I told several people, ‘Watch, at the last moment they’re probably gonna call me back and some craziness is going to happen.’ I didn’t get exactly what I wanted, but I got very, very close to it.
“I am happy as a result of I get to break this man’s face and receives a commission for it. However what I am not going to do, which I’ve carried out a protracted a part of my profession, is get underpaid. That is not going to occur from right here going ahead. Transferring ahead after this fight they are going to deal with me accordingly or I am going to simply step in final minute, six days to go, and receives a commission then, I suppose.”
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Masvidal will want to lower about 20 kilos to make weight for the fight. He mentioned that though he saved lively after preliminary talks with the UFC ended, he “wasn’t training like if I had a fight camp.”
Masvidal owns the BMF belt after defeating Nate Diaz by TKO (physician stoppage) final November. Diaz criticized the UFC for going with Burns, and now Masvidal would love to provide him — and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, who handed him his final defeat in November 2017 — a shot on the title if he wins.
“There’s two guys that are on my radar and Nate is definitely one of them, because, no matter what, it’s a good fight and me or the world didn’t get the results we wanted,” he mentioned. “I know Nate obviously wants to run it back. I’m telling you I want to run it back, so when I get this title there would nothing be better than to give him the opportunity he gave me to fight for the belt.
“One other dude who we’re undoubtedly going to be scraping in some unspecified time in the future is Thompson, not due to something private, however I might simply love to run it again. I might undoubtedly do higher than that night time that we first met. That is undoubtedly one thing that’ll be occurring.”