Jorge Masvidal retired following loss to Gilbert Burns at UFC 287.
Gilbert Burns won a decision victory over Jorge Masvidal in the co-main event at UFC 287 on Saturday in Miami, FL. After the fight, Masvidal retired with his children by his side.
"It feels good but he's still king of this city," Burns said of Masvidal who was removing his gloves before the scores were read.
Masvidal then took the microphone to make the official announcement.
"Sorry," he said in Spanish before speaking in English. "This is where I started my career."
"I don't feel the same way I felt 20 years ago," he said. He also gave a shoutout to Donald Trump who was sitting cage side to watch the fight.
UFC 287: Gilbert Burns vs. Jorge Masvidal play-by-play
They touched gloves to start the fight, showing respect to one another.
The first round started off slowly with both fighters measuring their opponent, unwilling to make a hasty decision that could cost them the fight early. But as the fight continued they exchanged leg kicks and some flurries as the final minute wrapped up but there was less action than fans expected in the first five minutes which ended in a takedown for Burns.
The second round began and Burns knocked Masvidal briefly and then slammed him to the canvas giving the crowd the action they were eager for in round one. But when the fight stayed on the ground too long the crowd began getting restless and started to boo. Despite Burns maintaining control, he didn't inflict much damage and Masvidal worked up to his feet again.
Burns dragged him back to the canvas again, much to the dismay of the Miami crowd. In the final minutes of the round Masvidal got back to his feet but the round was clearly a win for Burns.
Some felt that the first round was close and if Masvidal was able to secure round three, he might win on the scorecards but Burns had other plans.
Burns landed huge shot after shot, mostly unanswered and backed Masvidal against the fence, smelling blood. Masvidal, seemingly unphased egged Burns closer with two minutes remaining. After eating a strike from Masvidal, he shoots and gets the takedown with just under a minute left in the fight.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Gilbert Burns defeated Jorge Masvidal via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Masvidal was riding the longest losing streak of his career and was looking to get back in the win column in his home of Miami. On the other hand, Burns, who also lives and trains in South Florida was coming off a win against Neil Magny at UFC 283.