‘Most Special Night’- Legendary Coach Reveals How Much Jorge Masvidal Winning At UFC 261 Means To Him

Published 04/22/2021, 12:15 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 16: UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal interacts with the media during the UFC 246 Ultimate Media Day at UFC APEX on January 16, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Jorge Masvidal is one of the longest-active fighters in the UFC. While his rise to the mainstream happened in 2019, Masvidal is one of the oldest fighters in the promotion. Not by age, but by experience. UFC 261 will be Masvidal’s 50th walk to a cage as a professional fighter, which gives him the opportunity to reach the pinnacle of the sport in his pro bout.

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Masvidal has been a loyalist to American Top Team, one of the most reputed MMA gyms in America. The gym is led by Mike Brown, who has coached seven fighters who became world champions in the UFC. But Masvidal winning may be the most special achievement of his career.

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“I would say 90 percent of MMA fans are gonna rejoice and be super pumped,” Brown said. “This is the story everybody wants to hear. This is a guy who has put in the time more than anybody, a guy with more than 50 fights and fought for peanuts for years and years and was always so skilled, and sometimes a little bit of luck is involved with how things fall. Finally he catches a couple of breaks and, boom, here he is now, one of the biggest stars in the sport and ready to win the UFC title after 50 fights.

“It’s like the craziest journey of any fighter ever, and it’s gonna be something special. It’ll be the most special night of my coaching career for sure, and I can’t wait.”

Jorge Masvidal: Can he get the job done against Kamaru Usman?

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: (R-L). Jorge Masvidal punches Kamaru Usman of Nigeria 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.)

Jorge Masvidal has been working his entire life to get to the UFC title. However, he got there at UFC 251 against Kamaru Usman. But the scales were heavily tilted against Masvidal, as he took the fight on six days’ notice and made a trans-Atlantic journey to get to Abu Dhabi. He was noticeably gassed during the bout, but still put up a good fight.

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Masvidal has elite kickboxing ability and must have had time to work on his takedown defense. If he can stay out of the clinch and damage Usman from a distance, he has a real shot at becoming champion. Considering the power he packs, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Masvidal pull off an upset and become UFC Champion.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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