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Jorge Masvidal reveals he made $5 million to avoid wasting UFC 251 in 2020

Jorge Masvidal felt rewarded for stepping in on lower than every week’s discover to struggle Kamaru Usman.

Masvidal confronted then-UFC welterweight champion Usman on simply six days’ discover on the top of the COVID-19 pandemic within the UFC 251 essential occasion in Abu Dhabi. Masvidal changed Gilbert Burns, who was pressured out after catching COVID.

Contemplating that Masvidal stated he made $16,000 for his Strikeforce light-weight title struggle in 2011, making tens of millions towards Usman was fulfilling – though he misplaced.

“We ended up promoting proper beneath 1.3 million pay-per-views,” Masvidal stated in an interview with VladTV. “If I hadn’t struck that take care of the UFC, I wouldn’t have gotten nowhere close to $5 million. I’d have bought the identical quantity and gotten nowhere close to $5 million. And I’d have simply felt like I acquired taken benefit of. So a part of me, the enterprise facet of me, the prize fighter in me was very, very a lot happy and joyful – for my children, for myself, my household. However the man that at all times wished that world title belt wasn’t, you realize?”

Masvidal was angling to be Usman’s unique title challenger for UFC 251, however his rising calls for led to the promotion providing Burns the shot as a substitute. However after Burns withdrew, Masvidal acquired the decision and his monetary calls for had been lastly met.

“Give me more cash, not on the assure, however on the pay-per-views that I usher in,” Masvidal stated. “If I promote $100 million in pay-per-views, I desire a a lot greater share than what you guys are providing me. And it (negotiations) involves a halt. We simply don’t get to do this. So that they go one other route, and 6 days earlier than the struggle, the opposite route that they went with catches corona. And now the UFC calls me, they usually want someone that may fill in on six days’ discover.

“Fly the world over and reduce 20 kilos of water in these six days and struggle for a world title. There’s just one motherf*cker in the entire world that would get that decision for the Bat Sign, and that’s this dude right here. However I needed to receives a commission, and I needed to receives a commission very f*cking handsomely for doing this. So that they gave in to all my calls for that I had. And so far as that goes, I made out like a bandit as a result of I acquired what I wished.”

Masvidal acquired the chance to run issues again with Usman lower than a 12 months later at UFC 261, however was knocked out within the second spherical.

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