Jorge Masvidal explains why he wanted to fight Donald Cerrone so badly in Denver, Co on The MMA Hour.
Jorge ‘GameBred’ Masvidal has no love lost for his next opponent Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. Following Cowboy’s win at UFC 206 on December 10th, Masvidal wasted no time to call out Cerrone. Masvidal was a guest on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani this afternoon and explained why he was so persistent to fight Cerrone in his hometown of Denver.
Jorge Masvidal (31-11) is coming off a win over Jake Ellenberger at The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale on December 3rd. That fight ended in the first round via a TKO which resulted after Ellenberger’s toe was caught in the cage. Masvidal was clearly winning the fight and pouring on heavy ground and pound when the toe was caught. Following that win, there was controversy surrounding the call to end the fight. Masvidal had no doubt in his mind that he would have won that fight anyway, and set his sights on his next opponent.
Today while on The MMA Hour, Masvidal was asked why he had campaigned for Cerrone so hard, Masvidal replied that it was for ” A little bit of vengeance”. Masvidal explained that he was still holding a grudge that Cerrone had taken an opponent from him. Back before UFC 205, Cowboy was scheduled to fight Robbie Lawler in New York, but after Lawler pulled out the UFC set him up with Kelvin Gastelum. Gastelum had been already set to fight Masvidal in Mexico, and that now left him without an opponent.
Masvidal said that Cerrone was “Just another dude in the UFC” before that incident, but now “Somebody has got to pay for all this”. He went on to say “I don’t’ give a F–k what he is gonna do, I’m going to bust him right in the f–king mouth, he’s going to find out real quick it’s a fight”.
This fight will be taking place in Cerrone’s home state of Colorado, and this does not bother Masvidal at all. He said in order to get this fight with Cerrone it would have to happen under “weird circumstances”. He said, “If he was from Mars, I would Fight him on Mars”.