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VIDEO: Jorge Masvidal announces retirement, ends 20-year MMA career at UFC 287

LockerRoom Team
09 April 2023

Jorge Masvidal suffered his fourth consecutive defeat in the UFC at UFC 287, and no less so in front of his home fans.

On Saturday night, Burns defeated Masvidal by scores of 30-27 twice and 29-28, outstriking Masvidal on the feet and completing takedowns to accumulate control time.

After the loss, Masvidal announced that he is retiring from the spot.

“I love you, everybody here. Thank you, everybody, for watching. This is where I started my career. It’s been a long 20 years – 50-something fights. Sometimes your favorite basketball player ain’t got that 3-pointer no more. Sometimes your favorite quarterback loses that rifle.

“I don’t feel the same when I get in here no more. It’s been 20 long years. I love all of you. UFC came here 20 years ago and it inspired me to chase this dream for 20 years, 50-something fights later. Hopefully I inspired somebody here to go fight for theirs no matter what it is,” he said in the post-fight interview (h/t MMA Junkie).

Masvidal, 38, ends his career with a 35-17 record in professional mixed martial arts dating back to May 2003. Masvidal, however, established himself in the combat sports spotlight before making his UFC debut by taking part in the backyard street fights that the late Kimbo Slice made famous.

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Masvidal competed for the UFC, Strikeforce, and Bellator, among other promotions, throughout the next 20 years after his MMA debut. Masvidal, a product of the Strikeforce merger, debuted in the UFC in April 2013 when he decisively defeated Tim Means.

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