Jorge Masvidal is only behind this UFC heavy hitter in terms of most fights before title clash


Jorge Masvidal has had to wait for the second-longest time in UFC history to get a title shot after Alistair Overeem

UFC Welterweight star Jorge Masvidal will finally get a shot at the title as he faces Kamaru Usman at Fight Island.

Masvidal was a short notice replacement after Gilbert Burns tested positive for Covid-19. The Brazilian’s loss was Gamebred’s gain and after some crazy negotiations, the fight has been confirmed.

Jorge Masvidal has some big plans after his retirement
Jorge Masvidal of the United States is awarded the belt by Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson after his victory by TKO on a medical stoppage against Nate Diaz. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

Masvidal and Usman already had a heated rivalry but their proposed fight wasn’t confirmed before Burns stepped in.

Gamebred is one of the most experienced MMA stars on the UFC roster, and he has had to bide his time for a UFC title shot.

Masvidal is the BMF Champion but he has had to wait 48 matches before getting his UFC title shot. The only other person who has had to wait longer was Alistair Overeem.

The Heavyweight star had to wait for 56 matches before his shot at a UFC title, however, Overeem was a champion in other promotions.

Overeem’s clash came at UFC 203 against Stipe Miocic, but the Dutch MMA star lost that fight.

Masvidal ready for his big shot

Gamebred has held the AFC Welterweight title in the past but winning the UFC would be amazing for his career.

Masvidal has had to wait a long time, but he had some of the most impressive fights in the UFC. Gamebred knocked out Ben Askren in mere seconds and also defeated Nate Diaz for the BMF title.

Jorge Masvidal is yet to win a title in the UFC but has a nickname of Gamebred
Jorge Masvidal reacts during his welterweight bout against Stephen Thompson during the UFC 217 event (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

He has also fought with the UFC for better pay with regards to the fighters, and that could have been one reason why he was out of the first clash against Usman.

Nevertheless, Masvidal has the chance to cement his place amongst the UFC greats. Taking up a title fight at short notice is a little risky, but if anyone can pull off the win, it has to be Gamebred.

Muhammad questions location

There was a lot of madness regarding Masvidal and Usman travelling to Las Vegas before going off to Abu Dhabi.

Belal Muhammad, a Welterweight UFC star, questioned the location in all this. He suggested that the pair could fight at Las Vegas itself since there were no fans in Abu Dhabi too.

However, Fight Island is one of the biggest events in the history of the UFC. Dana White has worked hard to make this a reality and not having Usman vs Masvidal in that location would be a loss for the UFC.

This is one of the biggest rivalries in the UFC and what better place to see them clash than Fight Island.

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