“I Like That Man”- Teofimo Lopez Names Jorge Masvidal and the Other Fighters He Admires

Published 04/07/2021, 6:59 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Jorge Masvidal of the United States fights against Nate Diaz (not pictured) of the United States in the Welterweight “BMF” championship bout during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)


Boxing star and current 135 lbs unified champion Teofimo Lopez appears to be a fan of several UFC fighters, including the BMF Jorge Masvidal. In recent times, several UFC stars and boxers have teased possible crossovers, bringing both sports under the same spotlight.

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Meanwhile, Lopez has seemingly replicated the same by expressing his love for the UFC stars. The 23-year-old connected with James Lynch and talked about several things, with one thing being his admiration for the UFC’s BMF champion.

"I like his swag and the way he's about his business"

Boxing Champion Teofimo Lopez (@TeofimoLopez) says Jorge Masvidal (@GamebredFighter) is his favorite MMA fighter to watch right now

Watch the full episode of "The 1,2" with myself & @KendrickJohnso https://t.co/uUZ8yu5Kj9 pic.twitter.com/qr2GbYjSE9

— James Lynch (@LynchOnSports) April 6, 2021

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“I do like (Jorge) Masvidal. I like him, I like his style, his swag, man. The way he walks and the way he is about his business, I like that man,” said Teofimo Lopez.

Meanwhile, ‘Take Over’ Lopez also revealed his admiration for UFC featherweight and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, and boxing champion Claressa Shields.

He added, “Of course Amanda Nunes, Claressa Shields in boxing, you know I support them and what they do.”

“All I know is that right now it’s a great time for the sport and right now is great time for all sports around.”

This isn’t the first time Lopez has expressed his opinion over the MMA promotions’ biggest stars. After winning the lightweight belts against Vasyl Lomachenko, he hinted at attending a live UFC event. That said, the future might hold something alluring for both Lopez and the UFC.

‘Take Over’ Teofimo Lopez and the UFC

A couple of months ago, Lopez claimed he has never been to a live UFC event and wished to change the fact pretty soon. He also took to social media and tagged Dana White while revealing his plan to the world.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Teofimo Lopez Jr celebrates after defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko (not pictured) in their Lightweight World Title bout at MGM Grand Las Vegas Conference Center on October 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)

However, UFC has been hosting its events behind closed doors since the outbreak of Covid-19. They will re-open the doors to the fans with UFC 261 ‘Jorge Masvidal vs Kamaru Usman 2’, on April 24.

Meanwhile, Teofimo Lopez will return on May 29 against George Kambosos Jr. and seems to have begun his training camp. But if he gets to take some time off, especially when Jorge Masvidal would headline the event, we may see the 23-year-old appear at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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