Jorge Masvidal took a title shot on six days' notice and came up short vs. welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in the main event of UFC 251 on Saturday night. At the post-fight press conference, "Gamebred" offered no excuses.
“I hate coming up short,” said Masvidal. “I’m not going to make no excuses. He was the better man tonight. There were some areas where I didn’t give him enough credit, and there were some areas I felt with a better training camp I could definitely surpass him. I think I showed a lot of my wrestling on six days’ notice that I’m not too easy to take down and to hold down on the ground.
“I made a lot of mistakes. I tried to fight in spots, since I didn’t feel my gas tank was the greatest. He fought in better spots. Right when I’d get loose and open up, he was able to clinch me up and take it back into his world. So I’m not going to take anything away from him. He won fair and square. I’ll do whatever it takes to get back in front of that man and compete again and get my hand raised.”
“The weight cut was tough like everybody knows. I had a little bit of weight to cut but I’m not going to sit here and make excuses. He won. I gambled the dice on myself. I knew I didn’t have the greatest gas tank coming in but I’m still a dangerous man. Six days, one day, six weeks, so hats off to him. We’ll do it again.
"He knows that I’m no pushover. I just feel like I let a lot of people down. It was a s****y performance.”
“I’ve got a good formula in my head though on how to beat him the next time. I thought I had the formula. Now I know the formula — it takes a lot of gas tank, a lot of conditioning, a lot more wrestling rounds with high-level guys. So I definitely got a square root on how to beat this guy.”
"I want to take his head off even more now that he beat me. I just feel like me and him now we don’t have to promote the next fight [with trash talk]. We don’t have to talk about each other’s religion or ethnicities or nothing like that. He said some things that weren’t necessary and I’m sure I said some things that probably weren’t the best.
“I just think about the future generations. You don’t have to promote fights like that to sell pay-per-views. I heard that this card did great anyways but I feel it doesn’t have to be promoted like that, especially for the younger guys coming up. They don’t need to think you always need to talk s*** to sell a pay-per-view or disrespect a man’s religion or anything like that. We’ll do it again.”