Trash-talking has become accustomed to MMA over the past several years. The ability to “sell” fights has proven to be a key attribute in a fighters quest to become a star.
With that said, there has been little trash-talking in the lead up to this weekend’s UFC London headliner between welterweight standouts Jorge Masvidal and Darren Till.
“Gamebred” in particular feels there is no need to disrespect an opponent pre-fight, this unless he has a genuine dislike for that individual.
“If it’s not like a genuine dislike between and it’s not creative either, where it’s just that s**t talking, like, ‘You’re an idiot,’ ‘Well, you’re stupid…’ man, it’s’ f****n’ so stupid, man,” Masvidal said at a UFC London media scrum. (transcript via MMANews) “And the media, f****n’ building that s**t up, asking questions…hey, so-and-so said you can’t dress. Who the f**k is so and so? Why are you asking me on my interview about f****n’ so-and-so? F**k so-and-so, you know what I’m saying? My fans don’t even know who the f**k so-and-so is, and they ask me about so-and-so all the time.”
Masvidal believes the fans love trash-talking so much because the media has turned their attention to it.
“It sucks that r*****s can just say your name, and you guys will make them famous. Because the fans eat up whatever you guys do, maybe we could not f****n’ ‘do that? Maybe not every time somebody mentions somebody’s name, ‘Oh, so-and-so said this!’ It’s f****n’ corny, man.”
Another reason why Masvidal doesn’t like trash-talk is the way it is going. After hearing the way fighters talk to each other, he believes it is getting too personal and one day it will become fatal.
“Someone’s gonna get killed one day,” Masvidal warned. “We see little incidents with Conor and the Khabib stuff, and that’s kind of mild, you know? It could get a lot worse than that.
“My friends ain’t professional fighters. They’re not. They’re not professional fighters. But if a situation occurs, we’re gonna win. I’m not gonna get into details of it, but we’re gonna win. It’s just stupid, though, because I don’t do that. I don’t come from that. But believe me, if I get put in those situations, believe me, I’m not gonna be the one that’s hurt.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/14/2019