Jorge Masvidal, who is a top contender at welterweight, admits a return to lightweight is something that could happen.
Masvidal has turned his career around and became the BMF champion and expected to battle Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title later this year. He says at lightweight he was never given a shot like he is a welterweight to beat top guys.
“I would just have to be rewarded so mother(expletive) handsomely for me to drop down to ’55 and compete with anybody,” Masvidal said in a video on his YouTube channel (via MMA Junkie). “But I would love to do it because I felt like I never got my fair due shot at 155. I beat a lot of top-class competitors before I came into the UFC at 155; they never gave me a shot to fight a top-10 guy.
“It wasn’t until 170, they gave me top-10 and top-5 guys, so I never got, I felt, my fair due shot at ’55. I beat a lot of good guys when I was down there, in the UFC, as well.”
For what it would take to get him back down to lightweight is simple. Money.
The moolah is going to talk man; 155 is such a battle with my weight,” Masvidal said. “Once I’m somewhere around at 170-173 pounds, I’m at 5 percent body fat already, 6 percent body fat, so I don’t have a lot of room to play with to still get to 155. It’s a lot of water. It’s always been a lot of water, and that doesn’t leave me the night of the fight in the best shape that I could possibly be in.
“Like how I compete at 170, I have that explosion. I could explode a little bit more and for longer. At ’55, it would be a little different, but that’s not to say I couldn’t win one and that I couldn’t make the weight.”
It is a hard weight cut for “Gamebred” but it would all be worth it if the UFC offered a ton of money.
“If they were to cop up that money, I’d be in a hurry to get down there and show what I’m worth,” Jorge Masvidal concluded.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime