Jorge Masvidal had one of the best years a fighter could possibly have in 2019. He started off the year by knocking out an up and comer in Darren Till who had only lost to the then champion Tyron Woodley.
After the knockout, Masvidal had arguably the greatest KO in UFC history on Ben Askren. After that, he was catapulted into being a UFC star. He then beat Nate Diaz via doctor stoppage for the BMF Title, which was created specifically for that fight.
After getting a title made for you, winning the title, and being one of the faces of the promotion, the question I have is, why can he not get a fight?
There is a lot going on right now in the world with the Covid pandemic ruining plenty of things including fans at fight venues. No fans basically means the UFC will not be able to maximize profit for each event, and therefore fighters cannot be paid as much as they have been.
Dana White has been adamant in saying if someone doesn’t want to fight for whatever reason, they will not be fighting.
Jorge has been open about wanting to be paid more money for his next fight, because it would have been a title fight against the welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
I understand where Jorge is coming from, because you should make more money from a title fight than your last fight.
Once the UFC gets past the pay disagreement with these fighters, the question that still stands is, who is next for Jorge? He has worked his way up to becoming the #1 contender for the title, and he decided to take a fight against Nate Diaz for a made up belt instead.
Now he is back to being the #1 contender, and Gilbert Burns is next in line to fight Usman because of his willingness to fight. Jorge has not been able to find another opponent outside of the champion who makes sense for him to fight.
There are talks that he and Nate Diaz will rematch, and Usman even requested to fight his older brother Nick Diaz, but I don’t have much hope in either of those fights happening next for him.
Conor McGregor was another name that came up repeatedly, but the likelihood of that happening is slim now that he has “retired” from the sport. I use that term loosely because I think that he will return when the fans are able to return.
If fighters refuse to fight without fans, will we just be waiting for guys like Masvidal and Conor to return? Who knows how long this ongoing situation will be? If guys hold out until 2021, will the UFC see a drop off in talent throughout the ranks?
If Jorge does not fight until 2021, will he be able to hold on to his ranking in the welterweight division? Is he being unreasonable for not wanting to fight for less money?
These are questions we do not have the answer to right now, but we will be waiting patiently for them to be revealed.
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