“When my manager called and said that I was getting [Michael] Chiesa, I felt like a kid again. I was like, ‘Man, I’m getting so many fights. This is awesome!’ I haven’t had that back-to-back, staying busy in a while and I was just ecstatic. I want to thank God and [UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva for giving me that opportunity to fight again. I felt like I was eight years old and it was Christmas and I got a bike! I was just excited. I don’t care who the opponent is at this point; I know I’m getting paid and I know I’m going to kick his ass. If it would’ve been a top 10 fighter, even better, but I’m just happy to be fighting. You don’t understand how happy I am just to be fighting.
“I’m going to hit a stride in the near future. When I stay busy, I become a different athlete. When I’m competing three, four times a year, I’m on my game. When I’m only fighting once a year and fights are spread out with eight months in between, it’s hard to stay in shape and stay motivated in the gym. It’s a mental thing. I should be able to stay in shape and motivated in the gym, but when time passes by and you don’t have a fight, it’s just like, whatever man. Now that I’m in the UFC, I’m going to be competing three, four times a year, I’m going to hit my stride, things are going to open up, and I’m going to show people what I can really do.”
The Pride of Miami, Jorge Masvidal, told UFC.Com that he is ready to finally hit his stride as a fighter with the UFC’s fast booking system.
Prior to his entry in the UFC, Masvidal fought Gilbert Melendez in a very closely contested bout for the Strikeforce lightweight title.