Jorge Masvidal Responds: 'How is this not a career?'

by Aleksandar Urdarevik on June 27, 2020

Jorge Masvidal doesn't see eye-to-eye with Dana White, and he recognizes he never will.

In an Instagram live feed Wednesday, Masvidal (35-13 MMA, 12-6 UFC) explained his disagreements with White. In Masvidal’s eyes, it's understandable that the interests of boss and employee don't line up.

“He’s my co-worker,” Masvidal said. “It’s not like I’m going to go hang out with him anywhere anytime soon or anything like that. I don’t have no animosity toward him. But I also don’t really like him too much either because he has to do his job, which is generate the most money for his company. I’ve got to do my job, which is generate the most money for me and myself. So you see where that clashes?

“You know? We’re not going to always see eye-to-eye. I don’t think he’s like a devil or this evil (expletive) person. I just think he’s doing his job. I’ve got to do mine.”

However, White recently commented that UFC fighting is an "opportunity", not a "career". This statement left Masvidal sour.

“I just want to address something with the Dana White thing,” Masvidal said, circling back around to the topic of White, without being asked. “Dana White said (this) the other day in the news and maybe he could explain this. He said this is not a career. It’s an opportunity. I’ve been doing this 16 years. (Expletive), I’ve had a lot of opportunity, huh? That’s crazy.

“So it’s not a career, Dana White? That’s interesting to know, man. I just really think sometimes we don’t see eye-to-eye on anything you (expletive) say, bro. How is this not a career? It’s crazy.”

Masvidal has had ongoing issues negotiating pay with UFC. Pegged as the next contender to fight UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, Masvidal was passed over for Gilbert Burns – a move that everyone involved suggested was the product of failed negotiations.

Masvidal has not competed since his “BMF” title fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 244 this past November.

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