Shark Tank: the Time is now for a 165-pound Division

Jorge Masvidal may have been more than two years removed from his last victory when he marched into Darren Till’s backyard to throw hands, but he only needed eight minutes and some change to dispatch the former title challenger and make the welterweight title picture just that little bit muddier.

“Gamebred,” as in bred to complete the task when the odds are manifestly unfavorable. Though he stumbled against the likes of Demian Maia and Stephen Thompson in his most recent trips to the octagon, Masvidal exuded nothing but calm energy in the build up to his UFC London headliner. When the gate closed and the action picked up, his enthusiasm was palpable, and when it was all said and done he even managed to throw an extracurricular “three-piece and a soda” combo Leon Edwards’ way.

Masvidal cut his teeth fighting bare-knuckle in South Florida, and over the years has plied his trade is almost every major American promotion there is. A stint with Strikeforce where he challenged Gilbert Melendez for the lightweight strap? Check. A year over at BodogFIGHT back before Calvin Edward Ayre got indicted? Check. A scrap with Paul Daley in the now defunct Shark Fights? Check.

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