As the first and only winner of the UFC’s ‘BMF’ title, Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal knows a thing or two about what it means to be put in that category of fighter. With his obvious sights set on getting back to a UFC welterweight title fight opportunity, Masvidal has no interest in listening to callouts for his BMF title, especially recent callouts from Michael Chandler.
After his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 281 in November, Chandler spent some time in his interviews following the event calling for a fight against Jorge Masvidal, wh0 has twice competed for the UFC welterweight championship against former champion Kamaru Usman. Despite suffering three consecutive losses, Masvidal is still focused on getting back to a world title, especially with new champion Leon Edwards, as the two have a history. As for the callout from Michael Chandler, “Gamebred” isn’t even giving it any thought, saying he wouldn’t classify the former Bellator champion and UFC title challenger as a BMF.
In an interview with Mike Heck of MMA Fighting, Jorge Masvidal explained why he doesn’t consider Michael Chandler among the BMF fighters in the sport and how a former fight between Chandler and Masvidal’s teammate Will Brooks told him everything he needed to know.
.@GamebredFighter responds to Michael Chandler's BMF title callout 😬
"There’s a lot of BMFs in this sport, but Chandler ain’t one of them… You can’t be quitting in the middle of a fight. Automatically disqualified."
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) November 29, 2022
“Michael Chandler’s a quitter, man. That’s like the first thing to being a BMF. I saw him fight my boy Will Brooks and Will Brooks hit that motherf***er so hard that he just quit in the middle of the fight. He turned his back, shook his head and said “No, no, no. I’m done fighting, so BMF my ass. That’s the first rule of being a BMF in anything, you can’t be a quitter, you might lose, but you can’t ever give up on yourself, you can’t quit, so that conversation of BMF belt, is not happening.” (H/T MMA Fighting)
While notating the difference in their size and the weight classes in which they compete in, Jorge Masvidal most importantly discussed how a fight against the former UFC lightweight contender doesn’t help his status in the welterweight division.
“I don’t see any risk-reward with this fight. Me killing this guy doesn’t really do anything for me or my career, so I really don’t care about it. He’s not really a pay-per-view seller either. I’m not saying I won’t entertain it in the future, but to actually say there will be a whole event [built around] it, or whatever he’s plotting in his head? Nah, probably not, bro.”
He may not consider Michael Chandler a BMF or a potential future opponent, but Jorge Masvidal did praise his American Top Team teammate Dustin Poirier who just defeated Chandler at UFC 281 for his toughness, grit, and the way he defeated Chandler in their fight. It makes sense to hear Masvidal called out by all the big name fighters hovering between 155 and 170, as he’s competed in both weight classes but now calls welterweight home, he’s a big-money prize fight for nearly everyone, and as the one and only BMF champion, he’s got a title people would love to take.
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