November 30, 2022

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Jorge Masvidal has signed a brand new contract with the UFC simply days earlier than one of many largest fights of his lengthy profession.

Phrases of the deal weren’t disclosed, however Masvidal’s co-agent, Malki Kawa of First Spherical Administration, introduced Thursday on social media that Masvidal penned an extension that will make him one of many top-five highest-paid fighters on the UFC roster.

Masvidal, who has been a professional fighter since 2003, fights his former finest good friend and roommate Colby Covington in a heated grudge match Saturday at UFC 272 at T-Cellular Enviornment.


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Kawa wrote on Instagram that Masvidal’s deal was signed after 5 months of negotiations with UFC chief enterprise officer Hunter Campbell.

Masvidal, 37, has turn out to be one of many largest stars in MMA after a late-career renaissance that was jump-started in 2019 with knockouts of Darren Until and Ben Askren and a TKO win over Nate Diaz. Masvidal’s five-second working knee KO of Askren was the quickest end in UFC historical past.

“His contract pays him like a champion after which some,” Kawa, who represents Masvidal alongside along with his brother Abe Kawa, informed ESPN. “And the size of time can be that he’ll end his profession within the UFC.”

Masvidal (35-15) has dropped two straight, each in UFC welterweight title fights towards Kamaru Usman, ESPN’s prime pound-for-pound fighter. A Miami native, he has been within the UFC for 9 years. Masvidal fought everywhere in the world earlier than that and started his profession doing yard preventing in South Florida alongside the likes of the late Kimbo Slice.

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On the UFC 272 information convention Thursday, Masvidal famous that he can be getting a portion of the pay-per-view income from the cardboard, whereas Covington, his opponent, is not going to. Covington has mentioned this combat, due to how private it’s, shouldn’t be in regards to the cash.

“My children’ children are gonna be good for a very long time,” Masvidal mentioned of his new contract. “So that you promote that pay-per-view, boy.”

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