‘Look at These Guys Making Deals on Twitter’- Dana White Laughs Off Malki Kawa’s Recent Claims About Jorge Masvidal

Published 02/15/2021, 7:35 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 10: (L-R) Opponents Kamaru Usman of Nigeria and Jorge Masvidal face off during the UFC 251 official weigh-in inside Flash Forum at UFC Fight Island on July 10, 2020 on Yas Island Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC President Dana White took to the mic after UFC 258 and did a deep dive into all things fighting. White chimed in on various topics including Kamaru Usman’s TKO win over Gilbert Burns and illegal online streamers. However, fans took note of his stance on a Tweet sent out by Jorge Masvidal’s manager Malki Kawa regarding his fighter.

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Chiefly, ‘Gamebred’ is being targeted as one of the coaches on the returning season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ taking place in March. Masvidal was expected to coach the season of TUF against rival Colby Covington and eventually fight him. However, things change rapidly in MMA, and Masvidal became Kamaru Usman’s primary target after his win at UFC 258.

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)

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ called out Miami’s favorite son and the narrative shifted to Masvidal possibly coaching TUF against Usman. Masvidal’s manager took to social media and expressed an interest to have Jorge face ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ on TUF. Both men don’t particularly like each other and there’s a deep-seated resentment that will make for good reality television.

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Dana White jumps in on Jorge Masvidal’s manager’s comments

The long-time boss of the organization found it amusing that Malki Kawa would go about securing a massive TUF deal on Twitter. Moreover, White was noncommittal on whether Masvidal vs Usman would be the best path forward for TUF’s return. However, with other available options looking like slim pickings, Dana White and the UFC brass may be out of options.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: UFC President Dana White speaks to the media during the UFC 217 post fight press conference event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“Look at these guys [Malki Kawa] making deals on Twitter. I don’t know what we’re gonna do but we’ll see.”

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Kamaru Usman has cleaned out the top contenders currently sitting at welterweight leaving him without a clear-cut opponent. He’ll have to begin rematching the top guys in the division and who better than Jorge Masvidal to start that process. ‘Gamebred’ is arguably the biggest money fight in the division and their first fight at UFC 251 did massive numbers.

With over a million pay-per-view buys stemming from their first scrap in July 2020, the UFC will be keen on rematching them. Not to mention, there’s a built-in narrative and it also allows the welterweight division to flush out.

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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