Jorge Masvidal took the UFC 251 fight on exceptionally short notice and the fight saw Kamaru Usman walk out with a unanimous decision.
In the post-fight press conference, Jorge Masvidal expressed his thoughts on his performance and said that he hated losing and wasn’t going to make any excuses.
He praised the Welterweight champion and also said that he wasn’t giving Usman credit in some places as there were areas where he could perform better.
“I hate coming up short,” Jorge Masvidal said “I’m not going to make no excuses. He was the better man tonight. There were some areas where I didn’t give him enough credit, and there were some areas I felt with a better training camp I could definitely surpass him. I think I showed a lot of my wrestling on six days’ notice that I’m not too easy to take down and to hold down on the ground.”
Furthermore, Masvidal talked about the mistakes he felt he made and the overall use of clinch by his opponent.
“I made a lot of mistakes. I tried to fight in spots since I didn’t feel my gas tank was the greatest. He fought in better spots. Right when I’d get loose and open up, he was able to clinch me up and take it back into his world. So I’m not going to take anything away from him. He won fair and square. I’ll do whatever it takes to get back in front of that man and compete again and get my hand raised,” Masvidal said.
“I’ve got a good formula in my head though on how to beat him the next time. I thought I had the formula. Now I know the formula — it takes a lot of gas tank, a lot of conditioning, a lot more wrestling rounds with high-level guys. So I definitely got a square root on how to beat this guy,” he concluded.