Jorge Masvidal’s striking appeared to be a notch below what we’re used to seeing from him during his unsuccessful title bid against Gilbert Melendez on Saturday night, and according to his camp an injury may have been to blame.
Masvidal had been tipped by many to be the superior striker in this match-up, but Strikeforce lightweight champion Melendez opted to go toe-to-toe with him and ended up with a very comfortable decision victory to show for it.
Masvidal’s management released a statement after the fight noting that Masvidal had damaged his hand a couple of weeks prior to the bout, but had chosen not to give up on his shot at the title.
“We attempted to seek additional treatment on his hand prior to the fight; however, were told by the commission it was too late,” Masvidal’s manager Ron Foster explained.
The challenger then aggrevated the injury further during the bout which restricted his ability to compete at 100%.
If true it would certainly explain why Masvidal was so suprisingly gun-shy during the fight, never appearing to have a sense of urgency in his offense despite the fact he was clearly coming off second best in the early rounds.
Nevertheless, Masvidal himself did praise his opponent, acknowledging that he was the better man on the night.
“At the end of the day Melendez won fair and square. He’s a great fighter and I have a lot of respect for him. I just hope I get the chance to fight him again.”