Jorge Masvidal wanted to make a statement when he signed with Strikeforce and entered their lightweight division. He took a big step forward by beating previously undefeated contender Billy Evangelista last Saturday night.
Masvidal now throws his name in the hat among a short list of potential contenders to get a shot at the winner of the upcoming fight between champion Gilbert Melendez and challenger Tatsuya Kawajiri.
“I know Billy had like 6 or 7 straight wins in Strikeforce, so he’s definitely got to be up there. If I can’t fight for the title, then the next toughest guy out there, I’d like to fight them,” Masvidal said about his place in the lightweight division.
One name that has circulated as a possible next opponent for Masvidal is former Elite XC lightweight champion K.J. Noons. While Strikeforce has yet to confirm his placement on the card, Noons has stated he expects to fight on April 9 in San Diego.
Masvidal is healthy and ready to go following his fight against Evangelista, and if Strikeforce makes the call, he’ll be happy to fight Noons in April.
“I feel good, I’ll fight K.J. right now,” Masvidal stated.
Strikeforce officials told MMAWeekly.com on Saturday that Noons could end up on the card in April, especially because of his fan following in San Diego, the primary area he trains out of. As far as Masvidal’s participation, nothing is ruled out at this point.
Masvidal is pretty much ready to fight whoever Strikeforce puts in front of him.
“I don’t got an idea, but hopefully I’ll find out soon enough,” Masvidal commented.
For now he’ll wait for the call from Strikeforce, and if he’s not already competing on the April 9 card, Masvidal will surely be watching with a new level of interest as he guns for the top lightweights in the promotion.
Vitor Belfort's final fight inside the Octagon will be against former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt at UFC 212. read news >>
Stream or download Tuesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with Jorge Masvidal, Michael Johnson and Jacob ‘Stitch’ Duran.Filed under: News, Radio, UFC read news >>
Ahead of his UFC 211 scrap with Jorge Masvidal, welterweight contender Demian Maia has a few – politely put – thoughts on champ Tyron Woodley and his ‘incoherent’ behavior.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
DALLAS – Demian Maia is not wasting time or energy obsessing about fighting for the welterweight title ahead of his UFC 211 clash with Jorge Masvidal.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
Jorge Masvidal, during Wednesday's UFC 211 Ultimate Media Day, went off on Michael Bisping for refusing to fight Yoel Romero. read news >>
Jorge Masvidal has been patient in his fight career to make his run at the right moment. He believes this is that time and he has a chance to take another step in the right path on Saturday at UFC 21 read news >>
DALLAS – UFC welterweight standout Jorge Masvidal hasn’t kept up with ex-middleweight champ Anderson Silva’s drama with the promotion. He’s got a fight to worry about. Filed under: Featured, News, UF read news >>
UFC commentator Joe Rogan breaks down the welterweight bout between Demian Maia and Jorge Masvidal scheduled for UFC 211. read news >>
Just hours before Demian Maia and Jorge Masvidal are scheduled to fight at UFC 211, the stakes have been raised even higher for the two welterweight contenders.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
Demian Maia once again showcased his grappling brilliance at UFC 211 when he defeated Jorge Masvidal to solidify a future welterweight championship bout.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>