It wasn’t long ago Jorge Masvidal was having a very similar conversation about not fighting and not getting paid.
Following a July win in Strikeforce, Masvidal was on the sidelines awaiting a call from the matchmakers at the promotion about his next test inside the cage, but the September show filled up (prior to being cancelled) and his name was nowhere to be found.
Despite a veteran career spanning more than 25 fights, Masvidal has never been the leading man, winning titles and selling cards where he could make the kind of windfall that would allow him to sit out for a year. No, Masvidal is a fighter who lives by fighting, and when the fights aren’t happening, living gets awfully tough.
So it was with great joy that Masvidal got the call that he would be fighting on the November Strikeforce card. That was until just days later he found out that card would also be cancelled.
“It sucks, especially just financially, cause training costs money. When I fight that’s the only time I get paid. I’ll do a private lesson or seminar here or there, but that’s not my actual money. My money comes from fighting,” Masvidal told MMAWeekly Radio.
Masvidal isn’t the only fighter affected by the recent drought of Strikeforce events, but he’s one of the more vocal ones who doesn’t mind voicing his displeasure in how things have been handled. He just wants to know what’s going on instead of guessing for once.
“That’s the only thing that’s not cool. I wish they’d tell us, hey listen, this show got cancelled, you’re going to be on the January card, you’re going to be on the April card, something like that. That’s the only thing that gets me going,” said Masvidal.
“I’m only going to be 27 once in my life and I only fought once during that whole time, feels like a big wasted year. Not just for the money, but for the actual competing purposes. I could have fought four or five times, yet I sat out and fought one time.”
For his win over Justin Wilcox in July, Masvidal pulled in a paycheck just north of $45,000, which doesn’t sound like bad money at all for a lone fight. Add in sponsor money, and Masvidal would seemingly be living right alongside about two-thirds of the American middle class.
The problem is that figure doesn’t account for the payouts he makes to trainers, training partners, medical expenses, taxes, and a list of other items that every fighter has to deal with when MMA is your only job.
As of yet, Masvidal says he has still received no pay from his scheduled appearance on the November Strikeforce card that was cancelled, although he’s not convinced he won’t be compensated in some way. The only problem right now is the holidays are just around the corner, and Masvidal is feeling a little bit left behind.
“I heard that we would be compensated; I don’t know what the figures were. I haven’t been yet. I’m not saying we’re not because the fight would have just happened last weekend, so maybe they’re going to take care of us now, but I don’t know anything about it,” Masvidal revealed.
Now it’s back to the waiting game for Masvidal, who just doesn’t know what’s going to happen next. He may get a slot on the undercard for the upcoming January Strikeforce show, but he’s not been offered anything as of yet.
He could return to Japan where he fought several times in the past, but with a possible Strikeforce bout looming overhead, he’s hesitant to say yes to anything until hearing from his primary bosses.
At this point, Masvidal is just tired of waiting, and no one seems to have any answers.
“I could possibly take a fight Dec. 31 in Japan, but I don’t know if I can because if I’m fighting in January, obviously I won’t be able to do that fight. They need to let me know, don’t worry about nothing, survive till then, okay cool I’ll make it work,” said Masvidal.
“Just not knowing is the worst. Isn’t that the first sign of war? You cut off communication.”
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