UFC star Jorge Masvidal put in close to 40 bouts before he became an international superstar.
Masvidal advocates for putting in the hard work before getting opportunities. This mindset makes him furious about Khazmat Chimaev’s latest statement.
Chimaev’s been calling out UFC Middleweight Champion Alex Pereira for a while, likely convinced that Pereira’s lack of wrestling might result in him securing UFC gold the easy way.
He went so far as to call Pereira the easiest opponent he could have. A bout between the two was discussed for Rio De Janeiro in January but it never materialized.
Feeling that the request lacked merit, Masvidal didn’t hold back his thoughts about Chimaev during his latest appearance at Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour.”
“He missed weight by 8.5 pounds. Get the (expletive) out of here. Don’t talk about nobody wants to fight you. Go (expletive) make weight before you want to talk about fighting,” Masvidal said.
“You’re gonna miss eight pounds and think that it’s cool calling people out? Get the (expletive) out of here. Then I saw him do a comment about (Alex) Pereira. Like, who the (expletive) are you? ”
“This is the world champion! You don’t even have a win over a Top 15 guy. Go (expletive) like the rest of us, put your hard had on, put your mouthpiece on, and get to work.”
Chimaev is rumored to be permanently moving to Middleweight with UFC negotiating an October return against Paulo Costa.
UFC 279 performance against Kevin Holland improved his MMA record to 12-0. However, UFC isn’t pleased about him missing weight and causing an entire card to reshuffle.
Meanwhile, Pereira won the world title from Israel Adesanya via TKO at UFC 281 last November. “Poatan” and “The Last Stylebender” will have a rematch at UFC 287 on April 8.
Chimaev was interested in facing Masvidal following a Li Jingliang win at UFC 267 however Masvidal was uninterested considering Chimaev was unranked. At the time he had trouble securing an opponent and after several cancellations of an event against Leon Edwards, Chimaev ended up facing Gilbert Burns and moving up in rankings.
Masvidal will also compete in the UFC 287 main card against Burns, whom Chimaev defeated at UFC 273. However, he doesn’t have a sliver of doubt about an impending victory.
“Look, the guy that he got a split decision win over, I’m about to go bury that dude,” Masvidal exclaimed.
Masvidal hopes to turn things around by ending his losing streak.
An impressive victory for Masvidal can lead to a title shot at welterweight. But for now, Colby Covington will likely be the next contender after the Pereira-Usman rematch.
Meanwhile, Burns is a formidable foe with a 21-5 MMA record and is coming off a submission triumph against Neil Magny at UFC 283 last January.
Ironically, Masvidal’s last victory came against Diaz, who was to face Chimaev at UFC 279.
Since 2014, Benny A. King has been fully immersed in the world of combat sports. Starting with a blog about Greco Roman wrestling, Benny’s passion for combat sports has led him to explore various disciplines.