Masvidal Talks Sponsorship Dollars And The Need For More – EXCLUSIVE
BJPenn.com Radio recently sat down to interview UFC lightweight contender Jorge Masvidal this past weekend. Masvidal is currently riding a 2-fight winning streak after recently defeating Daron Cruickshank on July 26th at UFC on FOX: Lawler vs. Brown. Masvidal is now scheduled for a quick turnaround and will take on #7 ranked Bobby Green, who is on an 8-fight winning streak, on September 27th at UFC 178.
In the interview Masvidal discussed how his job with the UFC has changed his life and how it has directly impacted things such as frequency of competition/work and the financial aspects such as bonus money and sponsorships. Here are some of the highlights from that interview with BJPenn.com Radio:
How has the transition from Strikeforce to the UFC impacted your fighting life, your access to sponsorships, and the money you make for fighting?
“As far as fighting goes and being active, UFC is the best thing that’s ever happened to my life. Since I started this career all I ever wanted to do was compete. In Strikeforce I wasn’t able to do that. In Bellator they were having trouble with the channels, so I wasn’t able to do that. In no organization that I’ve been through, and I’ve been through almost all of them, was I able to compete consistently.”
“What the UFC brings to the table is like no-other.”
“But the sponsorship, it’s still like a struggling game. It’s tough getting sponsors.”
“Tapping into sponsors and stuff like that is tough. In Strikeforce I wasn’t getting any good money in sponsorships either; I was getting pennies, to tell you the truth. Even when I fought for the title I got pennies over there, you know? In the UFC I’ve gotten more sponsorships than what I got in Strikeforce so I’m happy there, but it’s not where I want to be. I’m soon to get there. I think two more fights and I’ll be on my way there.”
Masvidal also touched on the impact of his ranking in the UFC lightweight division, which currently stands at #14. Masvidal explained:
“In all honesty, the ranking itself doesn’t bother me. I want to hold the belt and that’s what bothers me. But the rankings do affect my paycheck; they affect my sponsorship in a big way, so obviously having a certain number by your name means more income coming in.”
Masvidal will get his chance to climb the rankings, get closer to a title shot, and hopefully increase his sponsorship appeal when he takes on Bobby Green at UFC 178 on September 27th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stay posted to BJPenn.com MMA News for all the updates and build-up leading into this late summer fight night.