Jorge Masvidal, one of the most prominent figures in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has announced his retirement from the sport after a one-sided loss to Gilbert Burns at UFC 287. The fight took place in Miami, Masvidal’s hometown, and the defeat marked his fourth straight loss in the octagon.
Masvidal, 38, suffered a unanimous-decision loss with scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28. His three previous losses were also against some of the top fighters in the welterweight division, including Kamaru Usman, who he challenged twice for the title, and Colby Covington, who he faced in March 2020 in a fight that earned fight of the night honors.
Retirement After A Long and Successful Career
In his retirement announcement, Masvidal thanked his fans and acknowledged the end of his successful 20-year career. He retires with 35 wins and 17 losses.
“This is where I started my career. It’s been a long 20 years, 50-some fights,” Masvidal said. “Sometimes your favorite basketball player don’t have that 3-pointer no more. Your favorite quarterback loses that rifle. I don’t feel the same when I get in here no more. It’s been 20 long years.”
Jorge Masvidal : From Street Fighter to UFC Champion
Masvidal began his fighting career as a street fighter in Miami, following in the footsteps of the legendary Kimbo Slice. He went on to compete in Bellator and Strikeforce before making his UFC debut in 2013.
After six defeats in the Octagon, Masvidal finally broke through in 2019 with a second-round knockout of Darren Till in London. He then went on a three-fight winning streak that included victories over notable UFC fighters.
The most remarkable victory of Masvidal’s career came in 2019 when he won the BMF (Baddest Mother F—er) title with a TKO victory over Nate Diaz, making him the only champion of that division in his UFC career.
Masvidal’s Career and Personal Life
Throughout his career, Masvidal was known for his bombastic personality and run-ins outside the Octagon. In 2020, he was arrested after Colby Covington accused him of sucker-punching him outside a South Beach steakhouse. Masvidal pleaded not guilty and is still awaiting further court appearances.
In conclusion, Jorge Masvidal’s retirement marks the end of an era in UFC. Despite his run-ins outside the Octagon, Masvidal was a beloved figure in the sport, and his fighting spirit and remarkable achievements will be remembered by fans for years to come.