Daniel Cormier believes that Jorge Masvidal is in a “must-win” situation at UFC 287 this April. “Gamebred” exploded into superstardom back in 2019 after a tremendous campaign inside the Octagon. The veteran picked up big victories over the likes of Darren Till, Ben Askren, and Nate Diaz.
His victory over Askren resulted in the fastest knockout win in UFC history at just five seconds with a flying knee. However, although earning back-to-back welterweight title opportunities against Kamaru Usman, and suffering a decision loss to Colby Covington, Masvidal now finds himself on a three-fight losing skid.
Daniel Cormier Believes Masvidal “Must-Win” Against Gilbert Burns
Masvidal will co-main event UFC 287 on April 8 against Gilbert Burns. According to former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier on his YouTube channel, Masvidal needs to win this fight to get back into the title hunt.
“It was hard for Masvidal to take this fight when in reality, I’ve long said it’s the best fight for him to get back to where he’s trying to go in the short-term,” Cormier said. “Because if you beat Gilbert and you’re Jorge Masvidal with his star power, you’re right back in the mix. But you can’t lose if you’re Jorge. You’ve got to win.
“You’ve got to get this one. For as bad as the decision loss to Kamaru Usman in the first one, the knockout in the second one, then the decision loss to Colby Covington, you lose to Gilbert Burns and now you’ve lost to three of the top four of five fighters in the world. I don’t know if you come back from that at an advanced age in fighting. Will his star power be hurt? I don’t think so. People love Jorge Masvidal. But this is a must-win situation for ‘Gamebred.’ He’s got to get it done.” h/t MMAJunkie
The welterweight division is extremely competitive at this point in time – given names like Usman, Colby Covington, Burns, Khamzat Chimaev, and many more also gunning for current champion Leon Edwards. If Masvidal wants to get back in the mix for another title opportunity, he’ll need to avoid a four-fight losing streak against Burns this April.