Stephen Thompson recently appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast and said this about Masvidal.
“That’s somebody that you cannot break this guy’s will in a fight,” Thompson told Rogan about Masvidal. “I’ve seen it. I’ve broken the guy’s wills in the fight. When a guy like that, who comes out just as hard in the last as he does in the first, and still has got power and still is just a savage just wanting to rip your head off? He’s a scary dude.
“When you hit (Masvidal) and he smiles at you…Normally when guys do that, they’re hurt. But this guy? You know that he’s just a G man,” Thompson added.
Stephen Thompson is one of the only fighters that knows how to beat Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal, Thompson defeated Masvidal in UFC 217 by unanimous decision.
Both Thompson and Masvidal have been in the game a long time. Thompson signed with the UFC in 2012 and Masvidal joined the following year.
But it wasn’t until 2017 that the pair finally met in the Octagon. It’s a match-up that came together through mutual respect when both men found themselves out in Singapore for UFC Fight Night 111: Holm vs Correia.
“I love (Masvidal),” said Thompson. “And it was funny, I was in Singapore. Me and him both were there as guest fighters and that’s where we made that fight happen. We had planned it out there. He was wanting to work his way up and I’d just lost to Tyron (Woodley) the second time. So I was like, ‘let’s make it happen.’ So I think what’s changed from him, I wouldn’t say so much his style, but his mindset.”
Masvidals next fight is a rematch of his July 2020 matchup at UFC 251, when he faced Kamaru Usman, and lost via a unanimous decision.
Usman most recently defended the title against Gilbert Burns via third-round TKO.
This time, Masvidal has full camp behind him and will look to re-discover his best form in the Octagon. On the other hand, the Kamaru Usman is cementing his reputation as the best welterweight fighter ever.