Jorge Masvidal is facing a make-or-break moment as he prepares to take on Gilbert Burns at UFC 287.
The outspoken Masvidal is currently on a three-fight losing streak and, at 38 years old, he knows he can’t afford another loss. In the UFC 287 Countdown previewing the Masvidal vs. Burns clash, Masvidal openly admits that a loss here could potentially mark the end of his career.
“If I lose, I’m pretty much calling it quits. But a win against Gilbert means that things are headed in the right direction. So if I roll the dice and I do everything right, I’m going for it all. For one title, or many titles.”
Despite his recent setbacks, a victory over Burns would likely propel Masvidal into a major fight. A long-standing war of words between Masvidal and welterweight champion Leon Edwards could finally become a reality if Masvidal comes out on top against Burns.
Although he’s talking like a fighter who knows he has one foot out the door, Masvidal appears ready to give it his all against Burns this weekend.
Jorge Masvidal could get a title shot with a win
A win over Burns could potentially earn Masvidal a title shot, but it won’t be an easy task. Burns has performed well against top fighters in the welterweight division, boasting a 3-2 record in his last five fights. On the other hand, Masvidal has struggled in his recent bouts, failing to win a round in his last three fights against Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington.
However, a win over Burns could change the perception of Masvidal overnight, especially considering he’ll be stepping into the octagon as a significant underdog.
With Edwards already making it clear that he has his sights set on Masvidal with a win, all Masvidal needs to do is defy the odds one last time. It won’t be easy, but fight fans will be eagerly watching to see if he can pull it off.