Jorge Masvidal is a massive draw.
At UFC 251, which also was the debut of Fight Island, Masvidal stepped in on six days’ notice to fight the welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman for the title. It was a very interesting scrap and when it got announced, the buzz around the event only got bigger.
Now, following The Athletic reporting that UFC 251 did 1.3 million pay-per-view buys, Masvidal took to social media to thank his supporters.
I want to thank God for allowing me to be able to provide for my family during a time of crisis and the best is yet to come #theresurrection
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) July 13, 2020
“The overwhelming amount of support I have received before, during, and after this journey has been humbling. Still got a lot of goals to meet. All of you that tuned in to see me win, thank you. Those that tuned in to see me lose, thank you. I want to thank God for allowing me to be able to provide for my family during a time of crisis and the best is yet to come,” Masvidal wrote on social media.
Jorge Masvidal entered the fight as a sizeable underdog but still showed glimpses of success. He stuffed some takedowns and the majority of fans and media scoring the fight gave “Gamebred” round one. So, with a full camp, it is hard to say if the result would be any different. But, after the PPV did over one million buys, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Masvidal get a rematch very soon.
With the loss to Usman, Jorge Masvidal’s three-fight winning streak was snapped. In 2019, he had a massive year starting off with his comeback where he knocked out Darren Till. He then scored a five-second flying knee knockout win over Ben Askren. He capped off the year with a doctor stoppage win over Nate Diaz to win the BMF title.
After UFC 251, there is no question Jorge Masvidal is one of the biggest stars in the sport right now.