Number five-ranked Jorge Masvidal is currently on a three-fight winning streak, and is coming off an impressive second round knockout victory against Donald Cerrone at UFC Denver last January. He will be facing top contender Demian Maia this weekend at UFC 211, a fight that holds major title implications.
If he does end up beating Maia, “Gamebred” believes he deserves the next shot at Tyron Woodley’s title. But at the same time, he is expecting the worst situation to come about.
“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 told MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani in a pre-fight scrum on Wednesday. “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.”
The UFC has been under heavy criticism as of late because of how it seems to have turned into a popularity contest when it comes to booking title fights. Masvidal feels he would need to take drastic measures, just to get himself into the conversation.
“If I don’t get a title shot (after beating Maia), then I guess I’ll have to get a sex tape with a famous celebrity, and then all of a sudden, I’ve got title shots at every weight class. And that’s kind of like horse sh-t. I’m here to fight.”
UFC 211 takes place on Saturday, May 13th, at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.