On the same day he was labeled a "massive star" by UFC president Dana White, Jorge Masvidal said he wants a rematch with Kamaru Usman, telling ESPN, "I know I'm better than Usman."
Masvidal dropped a unanimous decision to Usman in UFC 251 in a welterweight title bout Saturday night on "Fight Island" in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Masvidal had just one week to prepare and condition, taking the fight to replace original challenger Gilbert Burns, who had to drop out after testing positive for COVID-19.
"I want that damn belt, and I'm stubborn," Masvidal told ESPN. "And I know I'm better than Usman, and I want to prove it. I want to fight again. I'm not going to take nothing from him; he won the first one. Let's do it again."
Further, Masvidal said he'd rather fight Usman again rather than take a possible bout with Conor McGregor, a fight White reportedly said could be the biggest in UFC history.
White called Masvidal a "massive star" Tuesday while discussing the success of UFC 251 on Fight Island. A report said UFC 251 sold upward of 1.3 million pay-per-view buys, which if accurate, makes it one of the top draws in the company's history.
"It was a very successful event," White said, per MMA Junkie and MMA Fighting. "'Fight Island' was a massive star in this thing. Masvidal is a massive star. Obviously, Usman, the champion and a guy that we're all starting to realize is tough to beat and a great card underneath."
UFC 229 in 2018 between McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov drew an estimated 2.4 million pay-per-view buys, the UFC's record.
--Field Level Media