Jorge Masvidal Agrees to Fight Gilbert Burns or Leon Edwards for Another Title Shot Against Kamaru Usman

Published 08/15/2021, 12:54 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Jorge Masvidal prepares to fight Kamaru Usman in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


In his career as a professional mixed martial artist, Jorge Masvidal has experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows. ‘Gamebred’ is a true veteran of the sport and has been through it all. He now finds himself in a tough spot in the UFC. 

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‘Gamebred’ is on a two-fight skid at the moment. Both losses have been against current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. The first loss was a lopsided unanimous decision, and the second loss was a devastating knockout at UFC 261. 

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Despite the losses, Masvidal is still one of the biggest names, not just at welterweight, but in the UFC period. Now, ‘Gamebred’ has a plethora of options in front of him for his next fight.

In a recent clip shared on Twitter, the ‘BMF’ champion aired his thoughts on who might be next for him. He said, “I don’t know man. I mean s***, ‘Durinho’ is calling me out, if we can make it pop with Durinho, Leon any one of these guys that gets me closer to the belt.”

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Who should Jorge Masvidal take on next?

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Gamebred’ is currently ranked 6th in the UFC’s welterweight rankings. Stephen Thompson, Vicente Luque, Leon Edwards, and Gilbert Burns are four fighters ranked above him who are not booked for a fight at the moment. The UFC will most likely match up Edwards and Luque, given they are in pole position for a title shot. The winner of their fight will most likely fight the winner of Covington vs Usman. 

This leaves Masvidal with two options, Thompson and Burns. As ‘Gamebred’ has been very vocal about getting a rematch done with ‘Wonderboy’ at some point, that fight is definitely a possibility. Burns recently bounced back into the win column with a victory over Thompson. 

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A fight against Burns will be an excellent test for Masvidal. However, from a business point of view, the fight that probably makes the most sense for ‘Gamebred’ is one against Edwards.

The backstory involved in that fight and the ability to settle the scores once and for all is not something either man will decline. It will be interesting to see who the UFC declares as Masvidal’s next opponent. 

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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