The opportunity to set foot in the Octagon meant a lot to the Strikeforce veterans who saw action at UFC on FOX 7 but none more so than Jorge Masvidal, as the lightweight was only booked a single time last year despite publicly lobbying for a fight. In fact, the Florida native got so desperate he stated he was even willing to compete in a heavier division if necessary despite the size disadvantage he’d have to deal with. Fortunately, Masvidal never had to go down that path and joined a number of his peers on the UFC roster after Strikeforce went under.
Making the moment even sweeter on Saturday night, Masvidal was able to pick up a win by outpointing opponent Tim Means in a hard-fought effort. With his debut officially out of the way, the 28-year old plans to be as active as possible in order to make his way up through the ranks and make up for some of the income he lost out on while being stuck in Strikeforce limbo.
“I like it and this is going to be my home for a long time,” said Masvidal to MMAFighting. “I want to fight four times this year and maybe by next year I can set myself up for a title-shot. This performance wasn’t good. If I was to rate it from 1-10 I’d be a 5 or a 6, but as I keep going in the UFC you’ll see my performance go up.”
Masvidal also went on to explain he was looking at June or July for his next bout.
The win at UFC on FOX 7 improved Masvidal’s mark to 24-7 and was his second straight since falling to Gilbert Melendez in a 2011 title-fight.
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