Jorge Masvidal returns to the octagon this weekend as one of many largest stars in MMA battles bitter rival – and champion – Kamaru Usman at UFC 261.
With the undisputed welterweight championship of the world on the road, the stakes have by no means been increased for the bout in Jacksonville and that’s precisely how Masvidal likes it.
Having misplaced 14 skilled MMA bouts, together with 4 cut up choices in a three-year span with the UFC, the Miami-native was arguably heading for the exit door except he managed to vary one thing drastically.
In these defeats, the 36-year-old veteran was by no means convincingly crushed and a robust argument might be made that he deserved to not lose any of them.
However after taking time away from the game to concentrate on a actuality TV present within the Dominican Republic and clear his head, he developed what he describes as a ‘components’ to change his profession.
“That led to me creating a brand new components,” Masvidal instructed The New York Put up. “That modified my entire mindset.
“Like, ‘Man, if I had received these 4 cut up choices, the place would my profession be if I had simply received, if they’ve given them to me?
“And proper then and there may be when one thing a lot higher in me awakened and stated, ‘Cease pondering like a f****** peasant, man. That’s why I by no means get nowhere.
“How about if I ended all these guys and there was no determination, [and] I simply murdered these guys?’”
Masvidal earned his first shot at UFC glory with a stellar 2019 when he knocked out Darren Until and Ben Askren in emphatic style, earlier than being topped the inaugural BMF champion towards Nate Diaz.
Though he was unsuccessful towards Usman at UFC 251, he had taken the struggle on simply six days’ discover and was pressured to chop an incredible quantity of weight simply to achieve 170lbs.
The veteran, who turned professional at 18, will struggle for the 50th time on Saturday night time on the VyStar Memorials Area (his first ever rematch) and believes he has what it takes.
“I obtained to take a variety of notes on this man, see his power ranges, gauge his velocity and his energy,” Masvidal added. “And one factor I can inform you [is] that, man, as drained as I used to be in that fourth and fifth spherical, when he cracked me, it was like, ‘Man, this man hits like a b****.’
“So I’m not nervous about his energy.
“It’s simply on the finish of the day, God made us. God made me a person, and God made him rather less.”