Seasoned MMA veteran Jorge Masvidal looks to have been enjoying his retirement after hanging up his gloves in April last year.
The former contender has been photographed while watching a Power Slap event over the weekend in Sin City. Fans were surprised by the apparent weight gain for Masvidal particularly with the Florida native teasing a return to combat sports in the near future.
Jorge Masvidal Makes Huge Weight Gain While Enjoying Retirement
Given his nature and persona many fans felt that the retirement of Masvidal would be short lived after he retired at UFC 287.
At the beginning of the year he tweeted:
Many have speculated the return will be to boxing rather than MMA. Possibly getting involved with the celebrity boxing and the world of Jake Paul and a rematch with Nate Diaz in the ring rather than the octagon. Another option is Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship which is by far one of the most brutal promotions in sport currently. Mike Perry has found plenty of success and would make a lot of money in a match up with the former BMF belt holder.
Street Fighter to Superstar
After a miserable defeat to Gilbert Burns last year, Masvidal hung up his gloves to end a 22 fight career in the UFC. His most successful year was without doubt 2019 with three brutal finishes earning him a title shot the very next year. The year started with a stunning KO victory over fan favourite Darren Till in London silencing the arena. This lead to a main card slot on UFC 239 where he stole the show. The fastest KO of all time with a 5 second flying knee becoming one of the biggest highlights in the organisations history. The UFC then created a BMF belt for Masvidal to fight another popular ex street fighter in Nate Diaz at Madison Square Garden at UFC 244. He dominated the fight and cut Diaz badly causing a doctor’s stoppage at the end of the third fight.
2020 would prove to be a less successful year for the Floridian with only one fight in the calendar year, a disappointing decision loss to defending champion Kamaru Usman. Unfortunately it was downhill in the years that followed, a brutal KO defeat to Usman and then a decision loss to top contender and vicious rival Colby Covington over the course of two years. With 12 wins and 10 defeats his career has had plenty of ups and downs but the rise to stardom and popularity was undeniably and he will be remembered always by his nickname ‘Gamebred’.
If Jorge Masvidal returns to fighting what organisation and weight class could we see him in?