Jorge Masvidal Entered Title Fight with Injured Right Hand

December 18, 2011
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Strikeforce lightweight Jorge Masvidal apparently went into his bout against Gilbert Melendez on Saturday night with an already injured right hand.

According to Masvidal’s representatives through a press release on Sunday, the American Top Team fighter suffered a hand injury a couple of weeks before the fight, but opted to push through and take the fight with Melendez anyways.

He suffered the injury on his right hand and after the early part of the first round in his title fight against Melendez, he abandoned using it for most of the rest of the fight.

“We attempted to seek additional treatment on his hand prior to the fight; however, were told by the commission it was too late,” said Ron Foster, one of Masvidal’s managers. “Masvidal was determined to push forward and he did. We are proud of his performance under the circumstances.”

Masvidal admitted after the fight that the initial plan was to actually take Melendez down to the ground due to the injury to his right hand, but the strategy never came to fruition.

“I should have listened to my corners and tried to take him down more,” said Masvidal. “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.”

Once he returns home to Florida, Masvidal will have the hand checked by doctors to determine if it is broken or what further treatment he’ll need to get back in the cage.

The end result on Saturday was a unanimous decision win for Gilbert Melendez, but Masvidal is hopeful to get another shot one day.

“I want that belt and I will work my way back up until I’m given the opportunity at it again,” said Masvidal.

The American Top Team fighter will head home on Sunday and see his doctors in the coming days. The California State Athletic Commission will release their medical report over the next week as well, and will determine if Masvidal will be suspended for any extended time for the injured hand.

There’s been no word yet if his pre-fight testing revealed any injuries or not.

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  • fsunoles09

    it was obvious gil won but it wasnt as 1 sided as the commentators were making it sound.masvidal had good head movement and a really nice jab throughout the fight and even though gil didnt try and take em down alot he showed pretty good sprawl to.

  • If indeed Jorge entered this fight with an injured hand, stand by that decision. Don’t discredit the integrity of the fight after the fact. If you choose to go ahead with the fight, then in a sense you are saying I am ready to go, no excuses. I think Jorge is a great fighter and has really done a great job as of recent, to me and it’s my personal opinion, it makes a fighter look bad, like they are coming up with excuses. This sport is about the best always fighting the best, no contract disputes over testing or promoter quarrels. Real fighters fight the best, their pride is equally important as their bank accounts. Stand with integrity, win or lose, sore hand or no sore hand. With that being said, Thanks to Gilbert and Jorge for leaving it all out there and giving us fans a great show.

    • …but it was not Masvidal who broke the news about his injury, so he made no excuses, other than once the word came out that he wanted to fight him again. He made el niño look bad, IMO.

      “I should have listened to my corners and tried to take him down more,” said Masvidal. “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.”

      That does not sound like a man making excuses.

  • I knew it was something. He had the best chance of beating Melendez and el niño said it best (which should have raised an alarm) that Masvidal should have taken (gone after) his belt. Melendez knew he was fighting a fighter who was not going after it, although he knew Masvidal had it in him to be a champ. If Melendez could see it, then it is obviously true about his hand injury. I felt Masvidal didn’t pursue Melendez the way he should have, because I knew Masvidal was the one fighter who could take that belt from el niño. Now I know why. That hand injury stopped him from being as aggressive as he should have been. As for dominating Masvidal as someone put it: bologna! How can one man throw over a hundred power punches and not make a mark on the opponent, when the opponent throws 20-30 only and made Melendez’face look like hamburger meat? I guess they count punches that were blocked power punches that land. I can’t figure out how else they would score that fight, because Masvidal didn’t need too many punches to make Melendez’face look that bad. I still can’t figure that one out; how over 100 punches couldn’t even look like the opponent was in a fight. Imagine if both fists were injury-free? Even with one good hand, Melendez still did NOT dominate Masvidal. I can’t wait to see #2.