Jorge Masvidal can give credit where credit is due.
Although Masvidal accepted a UFC 251 battle against welterweight king Kamaru Usman in just six days, he didn’t feel like apologizing for his unanimous decision loss on Saturday night.
Instead, the first and only “BMF” champion paid tribute to Usman for his good work and at the same time focused on his own shortcomings.
“I hate to miss out,” Masvidal said at the UFC 251 press conference after the fight. “I won’t make excuses. He was the better man tonight. There were some areas where I didn̵
“I made a lot of mistakes. I tried to fight in certain places because I didn’t think my gas tank was the largest. He fought in better places. Just as I was pulling away and opening, he was able to hold me and bring me back to his world. So I won’t take anything away from him. He won fair and fair. I will do everything I can to step in front of this man again and to start again and raise my hand. “
Nothing was ideal for Masvidal, who started the week of the fight after traveling halfway around the world, adjusting for a time difference, and suffering from severe weight loss just days before he had to face Usman.
Given all the obstacles that led to UFC 251, Masvidal could easily attribute his loss to the various circumstances he faced. But he didn’t want to take anything away from Usman to do the job.
“Weight loss was tough, as everyone knows,” said Masvidal. “I had to lose some weight, but I’m not going to sit here and apologize. He won. I played the dice on myself. I knew I didn’t have the biggest gas tank, but I’m still a dangerous man. Six days, one day, six weeks, so hats off to him. We will do it again.
“He knows I’m not a weakling. I just feel like letting a lot of people down. It was a great achievement. “
Masvidal was definitely impressed with Usman’s performance, especially the work he had done in the clinch where he could control most of the fight.
Before entering the octagon, Masvidal felt that Usman had figured it out, but it wasn’t a puzzle he could solve in five rounds. While he likes to work his way back to the title fight, Masvidal knows what he did wrong this time and what he has to do to achieve a different result in a rematch.
“I have a good formula in my head for how to beat him next time,” said Masvidal. “I thought I had the formula.
“Now I know the formula – it takes a lot of petrol tanks, a lot of conditioning, a lot more wrestling rounds with high-ranking people. So I definitely have a square root of how to hit this guy. “
Because he lost, Masvidal wants nothing more than another opportunity to fight Usman.
That said, he brings the bad blood with Usman behind him and he promises that the next meeting will only be about competition and not about personal resentment that needs to be resolved.
“The competitor in me, no, I want to take my head off,” Masvidal said. “I want to take his head off even more now that he hit me. I just feel like me and he, now we don’t have to promote the next fight like that anymore. We don’t have to talk about each other’s religion or ethnicities or anything of the sort. He said some things that weren’t necessary and I’m sure I said some things that probably weren’t the best.
“I only think about future generations. You don’t have to encourage such struggles to sell pay-per-views. I’ve heard this card was great anyway, but I think it doesn’t have to be advertised that way, especially for the younger guys that show up. You don’t have to think that you always have to talk to sell a pay-per-view or disregard a man’s religion or the like. We will do it again. “