Jorge Masvidal has made a huge revelation about the early part of his career in UFC.
The 35-year-old has been known by supporters as being a calm and cool character in the sport.
But, with a newly found popularity after knockout victories over Darren Till and Ben Askren, Masvidal has revealed that he felt nervous ahead of one particular fight.
In a video posted on YouTube, Masvidal explained how a 2007 meeting with Yves Edwards had him on the edge.
He said: “There was one guy that I was rather nervous for. I wouldn’t say that I was like scared like I’m not gonna get in there with him, because I got in there in the ring and competed with him.
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“But it was somebody that made me, at that point in my career I looked up to him too much and I didn’t know I’d be scrapping with this guy.
“And then before I knew it, me and him were scrapping.
“This is somebody that I grew up watching fight and he was close to my weight and I used to like how he’d throw down.
“He was one of the best lightweights that I’d seen at the moment and that was Yves Edwards.”
Masvidal ended up knocking Edwards out with a second-round head kick, but it was only once he controlled his emotions that he could assert his dominance.
“That battle going into that fight helped me for every other fight that’s happened because once I had that Yves Edwards fight I told myself since then I was like, ‘man if I could step in the cage with this dude and do my job, I don’t give a f*ck who comes next.’"
“Because it was the respect and admiration that I had for Yves at the time.
“He was killing the game for a while. I was still relatively new in the game and it was just a huge, huge fight for me. So that’d be one of the more nervous fights I’ve been in in my career.”
Masvidal is expected to fight Kamaru Usman for the UFC welterweight title in his 49th pro MMA career fight this year.News Now - Sport News