Gilbert Burns (proper) punches Jorge Masvidal of their welterweight bout throughout UFC 287 at Kaseya Center on April 08, 2023 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Jorge Masvidal sat within the stands at UFC 42 20 years in the past and was impressed to grow to be knowledgeable combined martial artist. On Saturday, after a profession with many highlights and signature performances, he walked away from the sport in his phrases “as a multi-millionaire” following a defeat to Gilbert Burns within the co-main occasion of UFC 287 on the Kaseya Center in his hometown of Miami, Florida.
Judges had it 30-27 and 29-28 for Burns, who gained however clearly didn’t rating the sort of spectacular win he mentioned he needed to get to blow away UFC president Dana White.
It was Masvidal’s fourth consecutive defeat and he didn’t have the fireplace that he confirmed all through a lot of his profession.
“Sometimes, your favourite basketball participant can’t hit the 3-pointer any extra,” Masvidal mentioned. “Sometimes your favourite quarterback loses that rifle. I don’t really feel the identical once I get in right here no extra. It’s been 20 years. I like all of you. The UFC got here right here 20 years in the past and it impressed me to chase this dream.”
He couldn’t pull the set off on Saturday as a lot as he wanted or needed, and he struggled to defend the takedown. He gained the primary spherical on one choose’s card by catching Burns with plenty of kicks. In the second, Burns took Masvidal down early and saved him there a lot of the method.
In the third, Burns opened up and began catching Masvidal with clear, exhausting punches. Masvidal tried to fireplace again however his pictures weren’t having an affect on Burns and Burns couldn’t miss within the third.
It was an enormous win for Burns, who was attempting to be so dominant that White would give him the subsequent shot at UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards. White mentioned earlier than the battle that nothing Burns might do would change his thoughts, and whereas Burns clearly gained, he didn’t blow anybody away.
“I’m the one man within the division, possibly the one man in the entire UFC, prepared to battle anybody at any time,” Burns mentioned.
Burns then referred to as out each Edwards and Covington and mentioned he’d battle them irrespective of the phrases.
It was one of many largest wins of his profession and ran his successful streak to a few in a row. He’s additionally gained 4 of his final 5.