Jorge Masvidal spoke about possibly fighting his former training partner and teammate in Tyron Woodley.
Jorge Masvidal is currently the #5 ranked welterweight in the world, and is slated for a title eliminator against Demian Maia at UFC 211. Should he come out victorious, he would likely be next for UFC champion Tyron Woodley, who is a former training partner and friend of his for years.
Woodley mostly holds camp at Roufusport nowadays, but according to ‘Gamebred’, he wouldn’t have a problem fighting his fellow American Top Team standout.
“I’ve known Woodley for nine-plus years, ten-plus years. We’ve worked out together plenty,” Masvidal told Submission Radio. “He’s one of the guys who used to slam me all around the place. I was at 155, he was at 170 pounds and he was just the wrestler that is a superpower. So that was one of the dudes that got my wrestling a little better from going with guys like that. He knows where my strengths are, I know where his strengths are.”
“No (issues fighting). Not on my end, or at Tyron Woodley’s end,” Masvidal said on a separate interview with UFC Tonight. “We’re both good friends. I get along just fine with Woodley. He’s actually showed me a lot things in the past, and I’ve worked with him in the past training to help him get ready to fight. There’s no hard feelings if me and hit had to scrap.”
Masvidal, who was born and raised in Miami, Florida, also gave an analogy about two of the biggest sports stars the city has had.
“I’m LeBron and he’s Dwyane Wade. We split up teams, we meet in the Finals,” he said. “We’re going sit out because we were teammates at one point? Hell no. I’m here to get this money. I’ve got kids to feed.”
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are of course two future NBA hall-of-famers who teamed up in Miami from 2010-2014, winning back-to-back championships together. They’ve both moved on to play for different teams, but have managed to maintain their friendship and competitiveness when facing against each other.
It certainly makes for an apt analogy when talking about being professional and still being able to compete against a friend and former teammate. Although, not to nitpick, but it is also quite interesting that Masvidal says he’s LeBron in this comparison and not the other way around.