25-year old Jorge Masvidal opened a lot of eyes in the MMA community after battling heavy-handed British striker Paul Daley to a controversial decision loss this past Saturday night at Shark Fights 13. It appears at least one set of them belonged to someone upstairs at Strikeforce.
Five Ounces of Pain spoke to a Strikeforce official late Monday afternoon who confirmed the American Top Team product had been inked to a multi-fight deal after Masvidal mentioned the agreement was in place during a recent conversation with BuddhaSport.
“Let the world know I am going to knock out everybody they put in front of me. I don’t have an opponent yet but I want a big fight; you know. I want (Gilbert) Melendez or the next big name. No B level fighters. (Lyle) Beerbohm is good but nobody really knows him. I would like to get (Tatsuya) Kawajiri, that would be great,” said Masvidal when speaking on his future in the promotion.
Though “Gamebred” fought Daley at 170-pounds last weekend his statements clearly indicate he expects to head back to his regular division, lightweight, under the Strikeforce banner.
Masvidal is 20-6 in his career with two previous wins in Strikeforce – a decision over Ryan Healy in 2008 and a TKO of Matt Lee in 2007. He also holds past victories over UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon and always-tough MMA veteran Yves Edwards.