Last weekend, on the main card of the blockbuster UFC 211, Jorge Masvidal took on Demian Maia in what appeared to be a welterweight number one contender fight. Though Masvidal was the far sharper man on the feet, he fell victim to Maia’s legendary grappling skill, succumbing to four takedowns and giving up almost eight minutes of control time on the mat. And while there were some members of the MMA community that believed he’d done enough to eke out the win, the judges ultimately sided with Maia by split decision.
Having come up short in this perceived number one contender bout, one might expect Masvidal to take a bit of time off and reassess. Yet this is not the way the fan favorite is doing things. Instead, he is already making efforts to book his next fight.
On Monday afternoon, Masvidal made callouts of several of his ranked welterweight peers. His first victim was Neil Magny – though he admitted he didn’t expect Magny to oblige his callout.
When Magny didn’t respond to his callout, Masvidal put on his stethoscope and diagnosed him with a medical condition. He then shifted his focus to two-time welterweight title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Though this callout generated some skepticism from the fans, many of whom suggested Masvidal was biting off more than he could chew, Masvidal assured he would light Wonderboy up.
With his loss to Maia, Masvidal had a three-fight streak snapped. This streak was composed of defeats of Ross Pearson, Jake Ellenberger and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
Magny, meanwhile, was last seen in the cage in December, when he scored a close decision win over former champ Johny Hendricks.
Wonderboy, finally, was last seen in action in March, when he gave up a decision to champ Tyron Woodley. This loss occurred in a rematch of a controversial November draw.
Who do you want to see Jorge Masvidal fight next?
This article first appeared onBJPenn.comon 5/16/2017.