Jorge Masvidal Slams UFC’s Contract Structure: ‘This Is the Fight of Our Lives’

Jorge Masvidal, right, punches Nate Diaz during the second round of a welterweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 244 early Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in New York. Masvidal won in the fourth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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Superstar welterweight Jorge Masvidal publicly critiqued the UFC’s contract structure on Sunday, calling it the “fight of our lives.”

Masvidal broke down his grievances with the UFC in a Twitter thread:

Jorge Masvidal UFC @GamebredFighter

I’m in a contract that I had to take to get paid. Same way I got a new contract to fight till. Then a new contract to fight Nate. They keep extending the amounts of fights to my contract to keep me locked up and when I say I only want a 4 fight contract it’s take it or leave it.

Jorge Masvidal UFC @GamebredFighter

Why are all the major names having issues? Conor, Jones, cejudo. We have to take it or retire. I love fighting and this is the fight of our lives

Masvidal and UFC President Dana White have had something of a back-and-forth in recent days, with White saying that fighters like Masvidal and Jon Jones that were unhappy with their contracts could simply choose to not fight.

White also said Masvidal just signed a new deal, per Simon Head and Ken Hathaway of MMA Junkie:

“Here’s the thing about Masvidal: We just signed a new deal with Masvidal. Masvidal just signed a new eight-fight deal—he’s got seven fights left on his deal. My people were working with him and trying to get a deal done with him when he already has a deal. Jon Jones has like seven fights left on his deal. He just signed a new deal less than a year ago.

“Guys, you can say whatever you want, but I have a deal. We just did a deal with both guys. This isn’t one of those scenarios where they’ve got some three-year-old deal and it’s like, ‘Oh man, that was three years ago. I’m in a much different place.’ This was months ago.”

Masvidal disagreed vehemently with the premise of White’s argument:

Jorge Masvidal UFC @GamebredFighter

50% of the revenue. I don’t get paid on the hot dog you sell in the arena or the logo on the cage. I’ve never made a dollar on a ticket you sell. I get punched in the face for a living and even I know the pandemic or what’s left of it has nothing to do with it

Jorge Masvidal UFC @GamebredFighter

I’m not an independent contractor if I can’t go anywhere else to make a living. Let me go and let me see if I’m worth it @espn #supernecessary

ESPN MMA @espnmma

“I don’t agree with these numbers, so let’s do something about it.”

@GamebredFighter told @Kenny_Mayne he respects Dana White as a businessman, but has to “look out for the future of [his] family.” (via @SportsCenter)

He isn’t the only one making waves in the UFC at the moment. Conor McGregor announced his retirement from fighting on Saturday night (which would be his third “retirement” from the sport): 

Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA

Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting.
Thank you all for the amazing memories! What a ride it’s been!
Here is a picture of myself and my mother in Las Vegas post one of my World title wins!
Pick the home of your dreams Mags I love you!
Whatever you desire it’s yours ❤️

“The game just does not excite me, and that’s that,” McGregor told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. “All this waiting around. There’s nothing happening. I’m going through opponent options, and there’s nothing really there at the minute. There’s nothing that’s exciting me.”

He added that he “laid out a plan and a method that was the right move, the right methods to go with” for a fight between himself and Justin Gaethje. The UFC instead is reportedly planning a matchup between Gaethje and Khabib Nurmagomedov for September.

“They always want to balk at that and not make it happen or just drag it on,” McGregor added. “Whatever I say, they want to go against it to show some kind of power.”

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