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Jorge Masvidal Announces Return to Fighting After Retirement

Jorge Masvidal, a former UFC welterweight title challenger, has announced his return to fighting after eight months of retirement. The news came via a tweet on Monday, where Masvidal stated that he is "unretired." His decision to come out of retirement comes after he previously announced his retirement at UFC 287.

Masvidal's tweet did not provide further details, and he has yet to respond to requests for additional comments from MMA Fighting. In October, Masvidal expressed his interest in transitioning to boxing after a successful career in mixed martial arts spanning two decades.

While Masvidal did not mention any specific opponents for his return, he hinted at a potential fight early next year, stating, "somebody is going to get killed," in an interview.

The fighter also addressed potential matchups in bare-knuckle fighting, with BKFC's Mike Perry expressing interest in facing Masvidal. However, Masvidal indicated a preference for gloved combat due to his extensive experience in combat sports.

Masvidal retired in April following a series of setbacks in the UFC, including a lopsided decision loss to Gilbert Burns and a brutal knockout defeat to Kamaru Usman in a championship rematch at UFC 261. Despite his retirement, Masvidal remained active in the sport, transitioning to promotion and serving as the figurehead for a bare-knuckle MMA organization named "Gamebred."

While Masvidal had previously hinted at the possibility of returning to fighting, he emphasized that it would require something significant to lure him back into competition, including permission from the UFC. It remains unclear if Masvidal's announcement of his return signifies that the UFC has given him the green light to resume his fighting career.

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