Jorge Masvidal isn’t ruling out a return to fighting.
Masvidal announced his retirement from MMA after his UFC 287 loss to Gilbert Burns. It was his fourth loss in a row and ‘Gamebred’ said he didn’t feel the same in the Octagon and he knew his time was over.
Although it hasn’t even been a month since Jorge Masvidal retired, he isn’t ruling out a return but admits he probably is done.
Is Jorge Masvidal Really Done?
“I love this sport so f*****g much, bro. I love it so much,” Masvidal told ESPN. “As people would assume, I cried for many days after retirement. Not because I’m f*****g so hurt, this and that, it’s because I love this sport. Since 11, 12 years old this is all I did. Whether it was in a karate class then after that I went to a kung-fu class, but I’ve been training once or twice a day every day for this.”
“Waking up just in love with what I do and being in love with the same thing for 20 years. There’s so much love and passion in my heart. I’ll never say like, ‘I’ll never come back’ because I love this sport so much. I have so many great memories that just fill me and will stay with me forever about this sport. So, I’ll never say I can’t come back.”
Jorge Masvidal says he still is fast and explosive but the problem is he feels his reaction time is what went first which allows him to be hit more often.
“Here’s the honest truth,” Masvidal said. “I’m still fast, I’m still explosive, I have good endurance. I know so much more about the sport than when I started. There’s just a couple things that as you get older slow down. That’s like the overload sensory from [head] to [heart] and my body doing it. In MMA we have two hands, two feet, two knees, two elbows plus all the outcomes that can happen based off a takedown. It’s a lot of things and I’ve been feeling from like 34 to 37 that in that department and solely in that department my reflexes and reaction time took a big dip. It’s not where it used to be when I was 35 even.”
Jorge Masvidal ended his career with a record of 35-17 and before the losing skid, had wins over Nate Diaz, Ben Askren, and Darren Till.