Jorge Masvidal is looking at his fight in Miami, Florida as a sign.
UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal has been fighting professionally for twenty years. During that time, he fought all over the world and has risen to stardom. He came to the UFC back in 2013 but never in all that time with the UFC has he had the chance to fight in his home city of Miami. Now that all changes as the organization is set for a return to “The Magic City” for the first time in 20 years for the upcoming UFC 287 event.
Masvidal will be featured on this card as he gears up to face Gilbert Burns. Not only is this bout important because of where it will take place but also because it could have title implications.
Jorge Masvidal feels that the stars have aligned for his fight in Miami
The past three years or so have been very successful for Masvidal. He won the BMF title and fought for a UFC title as well. Although he has now lost three in a row, he still has title aspirations and looks to this homecoming as a new beginning. He spoke to MMA Fighting about this.
“Twenty years later, and now the UFC returns to my city, and it just so happens to be that I’m still fighting,” he said. “I could’ve retired in many different occasions due to injuries, you know, all kinds of things that happen in this sport. So it’s like all the stars are aligning, and the universe is giving me this. It wants me to go through this. You’ll see the battle that I will give to my people.”
Masvidal explained how the last time the UFC came to Miami, in 2003, he was in attendance and had dreams of one day fighting in the UFC. Now he is one of the biggest stars on the roster and will be featured as the c0-main event of this show. He admitted that he loved to travel all over the world to fight but more and more wanted to bring the stars of the UFC to his hometown crowd.
“But now, in the last four years, I started thinking, ‘I know I can sell out the stadium,” he said. “Now is the time.’ I said let’s go to Miami, and we’re in Miami.”
This UFC 287 event will be headlined by a middleweight title fight between Alex Pereira and Israel Adesanya.
Quotes via MMA Fighting.