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Monday, Jul 06, 2020

Jorge Masvidal Confirms He’s Signed New Contract, Following Addition to UFC 251

Masvidal (photo via UFC / YouTube)

By FCF Staff

After agreeing to fight Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 on Saturday, Jorge Masvidal’s confirmed he’s signed a new multi-fight deal with the promotion.

Masvidal has been booked to face the welterweight champ on short notice, after Gilbert Burns was forced to withdraw from the bout, as a result of testing positive for COVID-19. In a follow-up interview with ESPN, the 35-year-old Masvidal confirmed that he’s signed a new deal with the UFC.

The new contract comes after Masvidal criticized the UFC for what it offered him previously to fight Usman, and prompted him to question the promotion’s compensation model.

While talking to ESPN, Masvidal reported that he’s happy with his new deal, but that there’s still room for improvement.

“I can understand you don’t want to give me that much on the guaranteed,” Masvidal said. “But on the pay-per-view, what I bring in, what people purchase, I want more money on that, and they weren’t budging. And that was that. So, all this craziness had to happen for them to come to their senses.”

“We’re not there yet, but we’re headed in that direction. Moving forward after this fight, they’re gonna treat me accordingly. Or I’ll just step in last minute six days to go and get paid then, I guess. That’s the new scheme I have to do, whatever. But I’m gonna get paid every time out.”

Masvidal (35-13) heads to UFC 251 having won consecutive bouts over Darren Till, Ben Askren and Nate Diaz.

The July 11th card will take place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

posted by FCF Staff @ 1:03 pm
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