Jorge Masvidal, the renowned UFC fighter, has shared his thoughts on his fellow contenders Colby Covington and Khamzat Chimaev. While both Chimaev and Masvidal have expressed their dislike for Covington, Masvidal made it clear that he doesn’t care for either fighter. Masvidal went on to criticize Chimaev for missing weight by 8.5 pounds during his scheduled fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 279, and for calling out Alex Pereira, the world champion, without ever winning a top-15 fight. Masvidal concluded that these new fighters need to work hard, fight and then talk, instead of promoting and fighting at the same time.
Chimaev, like many UFC contenders, has expressed frustration with UFC president Dana White’s decision to make Covington the next title challenger at 170 pounds. Although Chimaev verbally agreed to fight Covington multiple times in the past year, he never fought him. White stated that the UFC expects Chimaev to compete in the middleweight category next after his weigh-in miss. For his part, Masvidal is just fed up with hearing Chimaev talk.
Masvidal himself has a high-stakes bout against Gilbert Burns scheduled for April 8 in UFC 287’s co-headlining bout. Despite being a 3-to-1 underdog against Burns, the veteran fighter is confident about the matchup. Masvidal’s game plan is simple: punch Burns in the face repeatedly until he folds. He is also confident that he can convince the UFC to review Covington’s championship pecking order after his potential victory against Burns.
Masvidal plans to use the bout against Burns to remind people of his fighting prowess and why they became his fans in the first place. He understands that combat sports are rooted in the idea that one is only as good as their last fight, which is why he feels it’s his responsibility to remind his fans who he truly is. To do so, he must put a hole in Burns’ face and prove that he is all about violence.