Promising not to be the rusty coin sitting in the embarrassment of riches that is UFC 217, a wild scrap between Jorge Masvidal and Stephen Thompson rests just below the three title fights. On any normal fight card, this is a main event. On any other big pay-per-view, it could be a co-main event. Despite a Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos bout set to crown the next challenger to Tyron Woodley’s welterweight strap, this fight between Masvidal and Wonderboy has huge title implications. This is something Masvidal is knows and has a plan already set in place if he gets his hand raised.
“I see myself breaking his face. I’ll be number one. After this fight, I’ll fight for the belt, especially after the post-fight speech I’m going to give. I haven’t prepared anything yet, but I’ll […] do something really disgusting, something ugly, and scare people. It’ll go viral. I still don’t know what it’s going to be, though. Colby [Covington] gave people a demonstration of insanity. I’m going to do something different, the way I usually do.”
— UFC Insiders (@UFCInsiders) October 12, 2017
“I’m just going to give a show and a nice post-fight speech […]. Colby has said things about [some of his teammate’s] country and, in the end, they’re fighters. It doesn’t matter if they’re good, bad, weak — they’re all fighters. They’ll have opinions, maybe they’ll confront him, maybe not. But what does it matter? It’s an individual sport and when we get in there, it’s just one guy. Not even my coaches are going to be there with me. But people will get angry, it’s whatever.” — Jorge Masvidal speaking to FloCombat.
You know what they say, no publicity is bad publicity. Colby Covington’s actions on the mic at UFC Sao Paulo got much more of a reaction than his win over grappling wizard and former title challenger Demian Maia. If Jorge Masvidal can manage to beat Stephen Thompson convincingly and draw some huge heat with a post-fight speech, then he may skip whoever wins between Lawler and dos Anjos. After all, one of them would be a rematch for Tyron Woodley. There’s a lot of ‘ifs’ in all of these things though, first he’ll have to beat a very crafty and measured striker tomorrow at UFC 217.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 11/3/2017.