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UFC 211: Jorge Masvidal Talks Title Shot, Says MMA’s Become About “Pop Stars, WWE And Reality TV”

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC 211

If Jorge Masvidal defeats Demian Maia this Saturday, and doesn’t get tapped for a shot at the welterweight crown, it sounds like we may not see “Gamebred” for a while…

Masvidal will battle Maia on the main card of UFC 211, which will take place in Dallas, Texas. Since Maia is riding a six fight winning streak, and is ranked #3, the consensus is that if Masvidal wins, he should jump right into a title fight with Tyron Woodley. After all, Woodley already holds wins over the #1 ranked Stephen Thompson, and the #2 positioned, Robbie Lawler.

As we’ve seen in recent months, however, rankings don’t always determine who’s getting a title shot. As a result, this is likely why Masvidal recently told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani the following (quote via Bloody Elbow):

“All I know is if I could God willing get through Maia, and I don’t get a title shot, this sport took a drastic turn for the worst,” Masvidal said. “It’s all pop stars, WWE, and reality TV. And that’s not what I signed up for, man. That’s not what I’m gonna do. You’re not gonna catch me doing that whole sh-t to get there.”

“I’m just gonna fight and continue to be myself. And if that doesn’t get me a title shot by beating the number one clear cut contender, Well then, sh-t. I don’t know what to do, man.”

A lot of folks are likely in agreement with Masvidal’s concerns. Considering the roll Maia’s been on, and what Masvidal’s done in his recent outings, this Saturday’s fight certainly could be a title shot eliminator.

But, as noted above, nothing’s certain anymore in terms of title shots. What if Georges St-Pierre now calls for a fight with Tyron Woodley? Since GSP’s no longer fighting Michael Bisping? Would the UFC pass on St-Pierre and go with Masvidal? Or what if talks with Floyd Mayweather fall through, and Conor McGregor asks for a shot at the 170 crown?


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