Jorge Masvidal’s combative nature runs deep, and it seems he is not yet ready to call it quits when it comes to the fight business. At UFC 287 in Miami last month, Masvidal announced his retirement following a string of defeats, culminating in a loss to Gilbert Burns. Despite no longer competing in the ring, Masvidal, now 38 and with 52 fights under his belt, remains firmly embedded in the world of martial arts.
He has turned his attention to the role of promoter, taking the reins at Gamebred FC and Gamebred Boxing. However, Masvidal is not ruling out a return to the ring, stating, “I’ll never say like, ‘I’ll never come back’ because I love this sport so much.” Despite some setbacks in a spate of defeats, Masvidal’s career is characterised by thrilling fights and unforgettable performances.
The end of his career saw a series of victories in 2019 that propelled him to stardom, most notably defeating Nate Diaz in Madison Square Garden for the BMF title. Although his last two fights against Colby Covington and Burns did not go the way he wanted, Masvidal remains proud of his achievements and at peace with his decision to retire.
He explained, “Here’s the honest truth. I’m still fast, I’m still explosive, I have good endurance. I know so much more about the sport than when I started. There’s just a couple of things that, as you get older, slow down. That’s like the overload sensory from (head) to (heart) and my body doing it.”
In other news, Mike Perry remains unbeaten in bare-knuckle boxing and has called out Conor McGregor for his next fight. Stephen Erceg is set to face off against Clayton Carpenter at UFC Vegas 73, while Tim Elliott will fight Victor Altamirano in UFC Vegas 74. Cody Garbrandt is also returning to the ring, taking on Mario Bautista at UFC Fight Night in August.