For a guy who sports a 4-1 record in the Octagon, Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal hasn’t necessarily been fighting the cream of the crop in since coming over to the UFC from strikeforce in 2010. That could all change as soon as Saturday night’s preliminary card of UFC 178: Johnson vs Cariaso is said and done, as he could blaze through his opponent and move on to bigger and better names in the future.
“I’d like to get my hands on the biggest name possible,” said Masvidal. “Whoever it is out there. Winner of Alvarez-Cerrone, Ben Henderson, winner of Nate Diaz and dos Anjos. The biggest fight possible, where people are like ‘Man, he’s gonna get smoked in this fight, there’s no way he wins.’ That’s the fight that I want, a fight that I’m not supposed to win.”
The American Top Team product’s lone loss in the UFC was to Rustam Khabilov – where he was the underdog according to the oddmakers – but gave the Russian Sambo fighter a tough match that could have went either way on the judges’ scorecards on any given night. Now, with bigger and better names in his sights, can he make a statement this weekend and put himself in position to take on
“I’m looking for a finish in this fight more than other fights just to put myself in better position,” he added.
Masvidal is currently sitting steady at the number 12 spot in the lightweight rankings, and I’m not quite sure if Krause is the fight that could catapult his name into the top 10.
High-profile fights aside, he has a stiff test ahead of him in the form of the re-surging James Krause.