If you’re wondering why Jorge Masvidal threw almost exclusively jabs on Saturday night against Gilbert Melendez, it might have something to do with a broken right hand.
Masvidal’s management team released a statement following the bout saying that the fighter suffered the injury just weeks before the bout, but decided to remain in the main event rather than dropping off the card. In the first round of the five round title affair, Masvidal re-aggravated the hand, which left him to use only his jab as his primary weapon. Masvidal was hoping for additional treatment on his hand prior to the bout, but was told by the commission that it was too late.
According to “Gamebred” the strategy was to takedown Melendez, but due to his injured hand, couldn’t execute the game plan laid out by his American Top Team trainers. The end result was Masvidal ending up on the losing end of a 25-minute decision to lightweight champion Melendez in the title bout.
Masvidal will get his hand checked out by doctors in the coming days to determine the severity of the injury and whether or not it will keep him out of action for long. The California State Athletic Commission will also release their medical suspensions list, which could feature Masvidal due to his hand injury.
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