UFC welterweight title contender, Jorge masvidal, is one of the most colorful characters the MMA promotion keeps on its ever-growing roster.
Masvidal fought against the who’s who in the division, collected strengths after strengths and even campaigned for the creation of a “f-ker baddest mother” belt. He will then convince the UFC to allow him and Nate Diaz to make the front page of a historical map in New York where the winner would be crowned the BMF champion.
Masvidal won via a controversial doctor’s stoppage, then offered Diaz a rematch.
“I said to Nate right away… ‘Let’s get back to it right now,'” Masvidal said in the Octagon after the fight (h / t Yahoo! Sports) “We’re going to bring him back, New York.” So don’t worry. It will happen again.
This revenge has not yet come to fruition.
Although he’s been on a losing streak lately he remains one of the most popular fighters of the modern era of the UFC. His flamboyant personality translates into wild fights and even crazier post-fight interviews.
Masvidal currently resides in South Florida and proudly wears his Cuban heritage, often channeling the culture into his clothing, trashy speeches, and even political leanings.
He is no stranger to the controversy having been linked to pro-Donald Trump views, questionable speeches and controversial post-fight antics.
Here’s what you need to know about Jorge Masvidal:
1. Masvidal called Jake Paul “I’m broke right now”
Everyone knows Jake Paul is fighting pulling big paychecks for their opponents and Masvidal is no fool. That’s why when he called Paul during the Evander Holyfield card airing against Vitor Belfort, few were surprised.
“Since this fight [Holyfield vs. Belfort] is fast, I’m going to put a quick ad because I’m broke right now so I need the money, ”said Jorge (h / t Sportskeeda). “I heard the Paul brothers… I could get a special deal on them, I beat them if I come here. So UFC talks to Triller, Triller talks to UFC, let’s go.
Masvidal was on hand to help his friend, former President Donald Trump, act as a color commentary for the fight.
Paul appeared in the fight and, knowing Masvidal was still under contract with the UFC, offered a deal.
Paul proposed two fights: Him and Masvidal and Amanda Serrano versus Amanda Nunes. If Paul won, he would be allowed to fight any UFC fighter in the future. If Masvidal wins, Paul has promised to leave White’s “exploitation business” alone.
White was never going to agree with that.
“Masvidal weighs 170 pounds,” White told the The telegraph of the day. “He likes the 170 pounds. Go fight someone your size. Anderson Silva is not under contract, he’s 46 – that’s the age range you like to fight in – and he’s your size and he actually wins fights. If you look at the Jake Paul story, Jake Paul fights basketball players who have never fought or he wants to fight older guys who haven’t won a fight in years. Anderson Silva has actually boxed, he’s won fights, he’s 46, and he’s in your weight class. Here is. It is obvious. Fight Anderson Silva.
Looks like Masvidal is out of luck on this one.
2. Masvidal thinks that the current remuneration of the combatants is “broke”
“Fighters are very individual creatures,” Masvidal said on MMA time. “We had to get together under a roof, or something, and have everyone’s best interests at heart, so that we could sit down with everyone together. And that, in itself, is a problem.
The remuneration of combatants is a delicate subject because not all remuneration is disclosed. Nevada State Athletic Commission stopped disclosing handbags of fighters in 2020, much to the dismay of the media. It is also very different depending on the fighter, the opponent and the card. For example, Conor McGregor, who was named Highest-paid athlete on Forbes last year, earns most of his money in pay-per-view income and referrals while lower level fighters are paid tens of thousands to fight, much of which goes to fight spending of camp.
According to International business time, “In 2020, the average UFC fighter earned $ 147,965.” They would go on to say that only 219 fighters (less than 38 percent of total athletes) make six figures.
There are fighters who earn less than $ 15,000 per fight.
The last leaked salary for Masvidal was his fight with Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 where he grossed $ 1,313,333. This number may sound good to some, but the average NFL player made over $ 2 million, before sponsorships.
The UFC has long been scrutinized for the amount of money paid to fighters versus income, something Masvidal is all too familiar with.
“I think in the future something will happen, but I don’t know,” he said. “I hope more people keep drawing attention to this, because I think it’s messed up. I think they just re-posted the percentages of [revenue going to athletes] for Bellator and other organizations, how much more they give. It’s crazy.”
3. Jorge Masvidal made the phrase “Three Coins and a Soda” one of the most iconic sayings in UFC history
In 2019, Masvidal gave an interview that will remain in the infamy.
Masvidal had just won his fight against Darren Till at UFC Fight Night 147 in London, England. He was being interviewed backstage when another fighter, Leon Edwards, entered the same space. Words were exchanged and Masvidal charged Edwards, landing some important strikes leaving Edwards bloodied. The whole thing was taken on multiple cameras and it was immediately the talk of the night.
Then Masvidal spoke with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto and it all became iconic.
“You are what you are, you’re just a loser in life, man,” Masvidal said. “You’re not going to come after me. So I had to give him the three-piece with the soda and then get out of there, you know? And then some of his friends tried to hit me, these guys made a big mistake.
It’s that line, three pieces with soda, that has followed Masvidal ever since.
Edwards and Masvidal is still a fight fans want.
4. Masvidal supports Donald Trump “You are a Mr. BMF”
Masvidal’s support for former President Trump is unwavering.
So much so that Masvidal threatened to quit social media after the president was banned from Twitter for “risk of further incitement to violence.” Masvidal tweeted, “Not too many places I haven’t been kicked out and since all the cool kids got kicked out of Twitter… reverse hand with middle finger extended [Twitter founder] @jack Follow the leader. Ala I’m getting out of here.
But Masvidal’s support doesn’t end there.
The couple supported each other on Twitter, with Masvidal expressing his admiration for Trump, “My honor and duty to the country where my father risked his life escaping from the hands of the Communists,” he said. tweeted. “I have said it before and I will say it again, you are a BMF sir.”
Masvidal also went on tour with Donald Trump Jr. campaigning for Trump Sr. ahead of what would be a failed bid for a second term.
Masvidal has repeatedly stated that his support for Trump came from his family’s history with the Communist regime in Cuba.
It’s not uncommon for UFC fighters to support Trump, as White credited Trump’s support for the UFC as one of the turning points in the promotion. Other fighters such as Colby Covington, Michael Chandler and Aljamain Sterling have expressed pro-Trump sentiments over the years.
Trump was the first sitting president to sit on the edge of a cage for a UFC, attending none other than Masvidal’s BMF title fight in New York City.
5. Masvidal knew he would make money fighting when he was only 10 years old
Masvidal rose to fame not for a thrilling octagonal performance, but for street fight videos of himself and Kimbo Slice.
“I was training in the same gym as Kimbo,” Masvidal said in a video he made shortly before UFC 244. “He got in touch with us and said, ‘Hey, do you want to scrape? I was like hell yeah. I get the call, maybe a week from that date.
These fights would launch Masvidal into the audience and cement him as a true fighter, ready to fight anyone and anywhere.
His opponent, simply known as Ray, was a 200-pound monster and Masvidal parted him. From there, Madvidal started booking fights for money under banners like Bodog Fight, AFC, and Bellator. He would ride a wave of stellar performances in the UFC where he quickly became one of the most exciting fighters in the welterweight divisions.
His long, flowing hair, coupled with his street fighting experience, has led fans to nickname him “Street Jesus” while making memes about his fights and appearance.
“I’m not too online so I only see these things then if someone shows them to me,” he said in an interview with Cageside press. “I am not Jesus in any way, form or form, and I want no one to hate me because people make these memes. I baptize people with these hands, but I’m not God. Nothing like that.”
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