Jorge Masvidal Claims Teammate Dustin Poirier's UFC 291 Loss Cost Him $100,000 Wager: 'Kids, I'm Sorry, You Gotta Go Public School Now'
This past weekend, the now-retired Jorge Masvidal placed the ceremonial BMF belt that he formerly owned on a new shoulder — but not the one he’d have hoped.
While many were predicting a repeat of the pair’s first fight in Glendale five years ago, “The Highlight” flipped the script in memorable fashion, brutally sleeping “The Diamond” with a picture-perfect head kick in round two.
In the aftermath, “Gamebred” handed over the BMF belt to Gaethje and offered words of encouragement to his fallen training partner.
As it turns out, in addition to seeing his friend and fellow ATT standout suffer a setback, the Miami native had further reason for disappointment…
Masvidal Reveals Sizable UFC 291 Wager
During a backstage interview with TNT Sport’s Caroline Pearce in Utah, Masvidal discussed the UFC 291 pay-per-view and his teammate’s defeat in the headliner.
Although he appeared mostly gutted for Poirier, who saw his hopes of securing a third crack at undisputed status stopped in its tracks, “Gamebred” also saw something else slip away when Gaethje connected to the head of “The Diamond” with his right foot.
A cool $100,000…
“Great fight. I felt Dustin was dictating the pace. He landed the better shots in the first round. It was all going Dustin’s way. And then the fight game, you know?” Masvidal said. “Justin looked down, came up with a head kick, and caught my boy. It was a perfect kick… That was all she wrote.
“Dustin looked in the best shape ever, and obviously he’s my teammate, so I wanted the world for him to win,” Masvidal continued. “(I made a wager) that I probably shouldn’t have. I put $100,000 on DP, on Dustin Poirier. Kids, I’m sorry, you gotta go to public school now.”
Given the level of stardom he achieved in the back-end of his mixed martial arts career, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Masvidal has those funds to splash on fight betting.
And with UFC fighters prohibited from gambling on events, perhaps Masvidal is making up for lost time in that regard having called time on his career as an active competitor.
But maybe he’ll be avoiding teammates’ outing moving forward.
From one BMF to another 🤝@GamebredFighter reacts to tonight's main event #UFC291 pic.twitter.com/G5ZIjhcr6I
— UFC (@ufc) July 30, 2023
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