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BMF Jorge Masvidal appeared recently on The Ariel Helwani show, and discussed the Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo-like negotiations leading up to UFC 251. "Gamebred" was supposed to fight welterweight champion Kamaru Usman but held out in an attempted contract renegotiation that got so bitter he eventually asked to be released by the league. Gilbert Burns got the shot instead. But the God of War Athena gave Burns COVID-19, and negotiations were back on; Masvidal was officially back in just six days before the fight.
“I didn’t get exactly what I wanted, but I got very, very close to it,” said Masvidal, as transcribed by Farah Hannoun for MMA Junkie. “I’m happy more than anything because I get to break this guy’s face and get paid for it. But one thing I’m not going to do, which I’ve done a long part of my career, is get underpaid. That’s not going to happen no more – not from here going forward.”
“The initial deal … was a s*** deal on the pay-per-view end and on the guarantee side, so I have two negatives. I could understand you don’t want to give me that much on the guaranteed. 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.”
“[I’m] cold-blooded as can be. His body is grasping for air as I’ve got my hand raised over him. I’m just going to baptize him, man, for the world to see. It’s going to be violent.”
Having passed a test for COVID-19, Masvidal flies to Fight Island today. He weighed 192 on Saturday, and alhough he stayed in shape during the pandemic, has to lose 22 pounds to make championship weight on Friday morning.