Jorge Masvidal Calls For UFC Release

Tanya Simon
June 6, 2020

The relationship between Jones and White has also deteriorated over a dispute about payment for a potential super fight against fearsome heavyweight Francis Ngannou.

Speaking to media prior to UFC 250 White remained calm after hearing of Masvidal's social media rants at the company and explained that he won't be begging anyone to fight, he said.

"I fought in backyards and those dudes never disrespected me the way I'm being now", Masvidal wrote.

Recently it's been reported that talks for Kamaru Usman versus Jorge Masvidal have stalled, and now it looks like negotiations for "Gamebred's" next fight have jumped the rails. Masvidal is now riding a three-fight knockout streak, including a resounding win over Darren Till, the fastest knockout in UFC history against Ben Askren and his doctor stoppage victory over Diaz.

UFC President Dana White got into yet another war with one of the biggest talents at his disposal.

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"If I'm not worth it leg me go", he began, before replying to a fan who posted "Just when everyone thought it was Usman holding up the fight".

On Wednesday, White appeared on boxing promoter Eddie Hearn's "Talk the Talk" podcast, and let news of the Fight Island debut slip. "Anybody that doesn't want to fight doesn't have to fight". Including Masvidal and Jon Jones and all these other guys. And it doesn't have to be because of a pandemic. The island used by the promotion is expected to host events in a row between June 27 and the end of July. I wish we can negotiate for less pay like the other leagues where the players get half the revenue they generate. UFC fighters do not have a union.

We are negotiating down from way under 50% of the revenue.

'I've never made a dollar on a ticket you sell. "Everybody getting back to work and you buying an island". I get punched in the face for a living and even I know the pandemic or what's left of it has nothing to do with it'. Jones is arguably the greatest fighter in UFC history.

Regarding Jones, White said the two have not yet spoken and he has had "plenty" of disagreements with Jones in the past. At the time and lets be real didn't have to fight him.

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