Jorge Masvidal says he plans to “murder” Stephen Thompson at UFC 217

Jorge Masvidal

Jorge Masvidal wants to send “Wonderboy” out on a stretcher.

Throughout his 14-fight stint inside the Octagon, the 32-year-old has been at the receiving end of close fights. Four of his five defeats came via split decision, most recently against Damian Maia in a fight that he believes he won.

This Saturday (Sunday morning, PH Time) at UFC 217 in New York, he vows not to let history repeat itself in his fight with Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.

“I can’t just beat him because they’ll rob me of a decision. I got to murder him so the goal is to murder him, move on to the title and then whatever happens, happens,” Masvidal told MMA Fighting‘s Ariel Helwani at the UFC 217 media day.

“‘Murder him like make sure he leaves in a stretcher because I’m not winning a decision in New York against him, so I gotta make sure that he can’t walk out of there in one piece.”

Masvidal is certain that a decisive performance would put him back into the mix of contenders wanting a shot at current champion Tyron Woodley. At the same time, fellow American Top Team fighter and friend Colby Covington is coming off his big win over Demian Maia a week ago in Brazil.

Both men sit at the top of UFC’s 170-pound rankings at number three and four, respectively. And though they’re racing against each other on the road to the title, he has nothing but respect and support for his teammate.

“I wouldn’t be leapfrogging him [if I got the title shot first]. I’ve been doing it way before and at the end of the day, we’re both just rooting for each other,” he said.

“Five years ago, we were both broke plotting in the world of how we were gonna make our money and our stake in this world and our dreams are now falling into plan. If you ask him or you ask anybody that’s known us since, we’ve been planning this for a while now…the world found that a little bit too late but we’ve been planning this for a while.”

“So if whether he gets the title shot first or me, there’s no ‘Oh man, he get the title shot first’. That’s my little brother, I don’t care. I’m gonna be rooting for him, I’ll gonna be on his corner.”

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