With Jorge Masvidal's latest comments on his probable departure, mixed martial arts fans from across the world are abuzz with speculations. The veteran UFC fighter made an indication that even if he loses his scheduled battle at UFC 287, he could put his gloves away permanently.
Masvidal, who has been fighting professionally for nearly two decades, is known for his explosive fighting style and impressive knockout power. He has fought some of the biggest names in the sport, including Darren Till Nate Diaz, Kamaru Usman, and Ben Askren. In his most recent fight, he squared up with his friend turned-rival Colby Covington which ended in a unanimous decision loss back in March 2022, but Masvidal remains a fan favorite for his fearless attitude and never-say-die spirit.
Now, with UFC 287 just around the corner, Masvidal is facing yet another tough opponent in Gilbert Burns. Burns, who is currently ranked #5 in the welterweight division, has 2 wins and 2 losses in his last 4 fights in UFC and is considered by many to be one of the best fighters in the world. Masvidal knows that a loss to Burns could mean the end of his career, and he's not taking the threat lightly.
“This could be the last one,” Masvidal said. “If I lose, I’m pretty much calling it quits. But a win against Gilbert means that things are headed in the right direction. So if I roll the dice and I do everything right, I’m going for it all. For one title, or many titles.”
Masvidal has now dropped three consecutive main-event fights, which is the longest losing skid of his brilliant career. He faced Kamaru Usman in back-to-back championship fights twice, however, he was unable to win either time.
Even though a defeat would discourage him, victory would put him in line for a championship fight against welterweight champion Leon Edwards, who has decided to seek vengeance after their 2019 backstage confrontation at a UFC London event. Masvidal, who will compete in his 52nd match as a professional fighter, believes he does have one title run in him.
“I think I’m at my best right now,” Masvidal said. “My mental, my physical, now I’ve got to go out there and prove it. I’ve got my back up against the wall, but I get to start my resurrection here in Miami, Dade County, the city that birthed me, that made me, that molded me, so I’m more than excited. April 8, I give it all I got, and I win we keep rolling that dice until we get that f****** belt. Let’s go.”
As the countdown to UFC 287 continues, fans will be eagerly watching to see what happens in the Octagon. Will Masvidal emerge victorious and continue his fighting career, or will he retire on a bittersweet note? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: this fight is not one to be missed.