Jorge Masvidal confirms UFC return in September against Kamaru Usman
Jorge Masvidal has confirmed he will be returning to UFC action later this year, but has not ruled out making a move into the world of boxing.
‘Gamebred’ last fought at UFC 251 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi when he was comprehensively beaten by Kamaru Usman.
However, the Miami-native was afforded just a week to prepare for the fight after replacing Gilbert Burns on short notice.
A rematch with the UFC welterweight champion is now reportedly on the cards for the 35-year-old in September, although he refused to rule out a move to the world of boxing.
Speaking to Boxing Social from his home city whilst watching Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez easily dispatch Avni Yildirim, Masvidal confirmed he could cross codes after his title fight.
“Right now, I’m focused on me fighting for the belt,” he said. “In September, we have just got word.
“That’s what I’m worried about. Then we will see, whatever the future holds. I love boxing and boxing gives the big pay cheques.
“What I mean is they pay out for the PPVs we bring in than more than in my current sport so would I love to be in boxing? No brainer, yes.
“When the time comes we will cross that bridge and get the right opponents.”
Masvidal was working at the Hard Rock Stadium in Florida as a guest commentator for ESPN’s Latin America coverage and watched the pound-for-pound great retain his WBC and WBA super-middleweight titles with ease.
The Mexican will square off against WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders in May, but has plans to completely unify the 168lbs division with IBF champion Caleb Plant also on his radar.
But Masvidal has admitted he would love to test himself against one of the best boxers of the current generation before he calls time on his career.
“The first thing I said was ‘congrats brother’,” Masvidal added.
“I’m not going to rain on nobody’s parade; it was a hell of a performance.
“Later on one of the commentators brought up maybe us boxing in the future and that’s definitely a possibility.
“We can definitely cross promote. But I’m here as a fan. I wasn’t here to call out Canelo or anything like that. I’m just a fan of the man, I love what he does, I love boxing, it’s simple.”