Masvidal Wants Another Shot

Jorge Masvidal had won three-in-a-row before finally getting a crack at UFC Gold. But then champion Kamaru Usman put him away in back-to-back fights. Now Jorge Masvidal wants another shot at the title. One of the only other issues facing the Floridian is he sits outside the Top Five, at number seven in the rankings.

Of course, you can’t blame him, who doesn’t want a gold belt? Even Derrick Lewis has come around and is taking things more seriously than he used to. Recently he announced publicly via social media his wishes. It was during a lengthy twitter question and answer type presser with his followers:

Gamebred chats with his twitter followers

Now two names in particular were brought up. One being his former ATT teammate Colby Covington, and the other is Stephen Thompson, who beat “Gamebred” back in 2017 at UFC 217:

And that’s actually who he might wind up facing next. “Wonderboy” since beating Masvidal is 2-3 and lost his last fight as well. Everyone else has dance partners. Covington and Usman settle their beef at the end of the year, Michael Chiesa and Vicente Luque see who stays Top Five. Unless of course, Masvidal is now willing to face Leon Edwards and vice versa. Although “Rocky” has been rumored to face Gilbert Burns.

And with the way Usman controlled Masvidal twice in a row, he’ll need to win two to even be considered for another shot. But with Masvidal wanting to fight by December it really leaves only Thompson. And should the UFC be able to pull off a Madison Square Garden card in November, it could slide in as a co-main event, or at least the featured fight on the main card.

It could also actually serve as Thompson’s final fight also. Yes, he too wants a third crack at the belt, but at 38-years-old, it’s a tougher climb for him. Especially since Dana White prefers finishes, and not going to the judge’s scorecards which has been the ending of Thompson’s last three-in-a-row and 6-of-7.

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