Jorge Masvidal is back in a big way, coming off a long layoff as an underdog in hostile territory and minting himself as a potential title challenger with one gigantic left hook to the chin of Darren Till.
Before Saturday night, the 34-year-old Masvidal hadn’t competed since his unanimous decision loss to former welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson at UFC 217 in November 2017. “Gamebred” came into the fight riding a two-fight losing streak and with his brutal second-round knockout, proved he still has what it takes to compete with the best in the division.
While UFC matchmakers are likely to give the nod to Masvidal’s outspoken American Top Team training partner Colby Covington for the next 170-pound title shot against newly crowned champion Kamaru Usman, Masvidal said he wouldn’t pass up the opportunity if he were given the chance.
Masvidal spoke with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto after the fight and said while he respects his teammate Covington, the future of his kids is more important and the financial reward that comes with a championship is not something he’s willing to risk by turning down the offer.
“Over everything, over friendships or anything, is my kids, and obviously fighting for that belt is my kids’ future,” Masvidal said. “It doesn’t sound too nice, but if my mom had the belt, she better give it up because my kids gotta eat. If I’m willing to fight my mom, imagine a good friend. That’s no disrespect to Colby. He’s done great things in the sport and he’s still young, so he’s going to do many great things. But if they offer me a title shot, damn right I’m taking it.”