Jorge Masvidal Sends a Massive Shout-out to Teofimo Lopez for his Complimentary Views

Published 04/06/2021, 11:55 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Jorge Masvidal battles 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 Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)


UFC welterweight title challenger Jorge Masvidal took to social media and gave a shout-out to boxing’s unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez. ‘The Takeover’ Lopez rose to dominance last year in a big way after defeating P4P great Vasyl Lomachenko. Teofimo Lopez lauded Jorge Masvidal and called ‘Gamebred’ his favorite fighter in the UFC.

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305’s esteemed son certainly appreciated Lopez’s recent comments and sent a positive message back to the champion. What’s more, he came out and re-consolidated his own stance towards becoming ‘another Latin champion’ when he fights later this month.

Truly a honor another Latin champion who is the current best at his profession @TeofimoLopez #andnew https://t.co/mM9hsJDKIr

— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) April 6, 2021

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Masvidal will take on Usman in a rematch that will be the UFC’s first full-capacity arena show since UFC 248. The tickets are sold out at the VyStar veterans memorial stadium and 15,000 UFC fans will be in attendance. Masvidal is excited to use his star status to finally lay claim to UFC gold after 50 professional MMA fights.

UFC 251 rewind: Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal

There were plenty of extraneous circumstances heading into UFC 251 in July, the most prominent among them being the introduction to ‘Fight Island’. What’s more, Masvidal was stepping in to face Usman on 6-days’ notice after Gilbert Burns tested positive for COVID-19. Chiefly, the short-notice nature of the first fight is what has spurred on a title fight rematch between the aforementioned welterweights.

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The fight itself played out much like many expected as Kamaru Usman continued to assert his dominance as the fight continued. Jorge Masvidal started off with high octane pace, and his strikes were lethal from the get-go. However, Usman’s superior clinch game and wrestling ensured he walked away with a dominant win.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: (R-L) Kamaru Usman of Nigeria takes down Jorge Masvidal 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’ swept the judge’s scorecards 50-45, 50-45, 49-46 to walk away with the unanimous decision win. ‘Gamebred’ believes that with sufficient training he can come back strong and turn the tide on Usman in the rematch. Both men will get a chance to settle their differences in the cage in front of a full-capacity crowd that is excited for UFC action.

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Darryl Pinto

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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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