Jorge Masvidal Claims He’ll Retire If He Loses To Gilbert Burns This Weekend

Jorge Masvidal has raised the stakes ahead of his co-main event fight with Gilbert Burns at UFC 287 in Miami this weekend by claiming he may retire if he loses.

“This could be the last one,” Masvidal said on the UFC 287 Countdown show. “If I lose, I’m pretty much calling it quits. But a win against Gilbert means that things are headed in the right direction. So if I roll the dice and I do everything right, I’m going for it all. For one title, or many titles.”

The pressure is certainly on Masvidal as the 38-year-old is coming off three losses in a row, with two unsuccessful attempts to take the title from then-champion Kamaru Usman being followed up by a decision loss to his former teammate turned rival Colby Covington last year.

He’s now facing another tough opponent in former title contender Burns and is a big underdog heading into fight week, but he thinks he’s still got what it takes to turn things around.

“I think I’m at my best right now,” Masvidal said. “My mental, my physical, now I’ve got to go out there and prove it. I’ve got my back up against the wall but I get to start my resurrection here in Miami, Dade County, the city that birthed me, that made me, that molded me, so I’m more than excited. April 8, I give it all I got and I win we keep rolling that dice until we get that f****** belt. Let’s go.”

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