‘When I See Those Kids, I See Myself’ – Jorge Masvidal Talks About the Rising Popularity of MMA

Published 04/21/2021, 6:59 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)


The UFC is becoming increasingly popular with each passing day. Dana White and the officials at the UFC have done an outstanding job in making sure that the sport grows, stays relevant, and only moves forward. The UFC and combat sports veteran, Jorge Masvidal, is an example of the UFC’s progress.

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Masvidal has been fighting the UFC for a while now. However, he has never won a title, and had just lost his match against Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title. Ahead of UFC 261, the BMF, who is one of the company’s biggest draws, spoke to Kevin Iole from Yahoo Sports and remarked on how the sport has come forward.

He told Iole how the parents would recognize him in the older days, and there was an unimpressed nod from the kids. Masvidal could realize that it was forced and that the kids didn’t really feel anything. However, he added that the situation has completely changed now.

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‘Gamebred’ said, “6-7 years ago, (it) didn’t used to happen as much.

“Nowadays, I have like 12- and 13-year-olds running up to me with a pen and paper like, ‘man, I have seen your fights since 2009,’ and I’m like, ‘man, you’re 13 years old, what do you mean?'”

Jorge Masvidal was a fan of MMA as a child

Masvidal gave an insight into his childhood and revealed that these kids reminded him of himself. The BMF said, “It’s crazy. It’s gotten different. When I see those kids, I see myself because that was the same way that I was.”

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: (L-R) Kamaru Usman of Nigeria battles 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 welterweight fighter also added that he didn’t care about any other sport or team or trading cards. He concluded that he just wanted to know about those fighters. Masvidal is surely one of the stars of the UFC, and it’s always a pleasure to get some deep insights into his mind. Also, as a veteran, he would be an apt voice to describe the UFC’s progress.

What do you make of his comments?

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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