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Doric SamOctober 26, 2023

MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 08: Jorge Masvidal reacts his welterweight bout against Gilbert Burns of Brazil during UFC 287 at Kaseya Center on April 08, 2023 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

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Another popular former UFC star is gearing up to try his hand at boxing.

Former UFC BMF champion Jorge Masvidal, who retired from MMA in April, told ESPN’s Marc Raimondi that he plans to make his boxing debut “early next year.”

Masvidal noted that an opponent has not yet been decided, saying, “No names right now, but I can tell you it’s early next year and I can tell you somebody is going to get killed.”

Raimondi pointed out that Masvidal is still under contract with the UFC, so it’s unclear if an arrangement would have to be made for him to compete in boxing. The 38-year-old is particularly motivated to get into the squared circle after feeling that the recent Misfits Boxing event headlined by Logan Paul vs. Dillon Danis and KSI vs. Tommy Fury was a “disrespect to boxing.”

“Logan didn’t f–king knock [Danis] dead,” Masvidal said. “I really wanted Logan to knock him dead. So I’m kind of mad at Logan. I hope he sends me my money back, you know? Not that I paid for it, but still.”

Since his retirement, Masvidal has tried his hand at fight promotion, helping run three organizations. His most personal venture is Gamebred Bareknuckle MMA, which will hold its next event on Nov. 10 with a heavyweight fight between former UFC veterans Roy Nelson and Alan Belcher headlining the show.

When Masvidal makes his boxing debut, he will join the likes of Nate Diaz, Anderson Silva, Anthony Pettis and Jose Aldo as former UFC stars to jump to the squared circle. Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is set to face lineal boxing heavyweight champion Tyson Fury this Saturday.

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