Jorge Masvidal: If UFC opens up the checkbook, 'I'll fight King Kong in his prime'

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jorge Masvidal made something very clear Saturday night. His next fight rides on one thing and one thing only – a fat paycheck.

During UFC 241 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., a fiery Masvidal (34-13 MMA, 11-6 UFC) shared his desire to get rewarded for almost two decades’ worth of hard work. The American Top Team product made his UFC debut in May 2003. Sixteen years later, he’s more popular than ever.

“My next paycheck is going to reflect the breakthrough that I’ve done,” Masvidal said. “For a fact – and if it doesn’t, there’s going to be a (expletive) problem, man.

“Me and my management are going to do whatever the (expletive) I say. That’s what we’re going to do.”

The 34-year-old welterweight has recently said the UFC presented a handful of options for his next fight. Saturday, Masvidal hinted at a more recent meeting with the UFC brass for which the content of the discussions will be kept under wraps for the time being.

But who does Masvidal want to face in his next outing?

“If they open up the checkbook, I’ll fight King Kong in his prime,” Masvidal said. “All they’ve got to do is open up that checkbook. You guys all know. The reason why you guys are here right now is to get an interview off me to put it online, to make people go clickbait on it. Obviously, I’m generating traction.”

Like the question of “Whom?,” Masvidal voiced a similar response to the question of “When?” Locations and dates don’t matter to him, as long as he’ll be able to run straight to the bank afterwards.

“The date that has the most zeroes attached to that check,” Masvidal said. “That’s the date. Is it tomorrow in the parking lot? Or in December? It doesn’t matter to me. Let’s just line them up and get these zeroes to the checks.”

In his parting words, Masvidal emphasized what makes him different than the rest of the pack. “Gamebred” attributed his work ethic, professionalism, experience, and heart to his recent success and popularity.

“There’s a lot of guys who quit five, six, seven years in here,” Masvidal said. “I’m here 16 years later. No steroids. Put that on all of your (expletive) clickbait things. Masvidal, never a steroid allegation. Never missed weight on a high level competition. Never backed out or injured.

“You know how many I’ve had and still show up to work like this? And I didn’t get paid for it back then. I showed up with a mouthpiece and a hardhat ready to go to work. I got to get paid now. That’s why all you (expletive) are here. What I say now sells. Cool. Pay me for that (expletive), though.”

Masvidal’s popularity skyrocketed after a five-second flying-knee knockout of Ben Askren at UFC 239 in July. The finish was the fastest in UFC history, and Askren’s first career loss. The highlight-reel knockout was Masvidal’s second in as many fights. Entering UFC 239, he was coming off a brutal knockout of Darren Till in March.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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