Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal to face American Cornhole League champion in special rules match, takes shot at Kamaru Usman

Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal to face American Cornhole League champion in special rules match, takes shot at Kamaru Usman

Jorge Masvidal may have come up short in his bid for the UFC welterweight title, but there are no shortage of champions looking for a piece of the “BMF” belt holder. Masvidal is now set to face his next one, though it’s outside Masvidal’s normal purview. This Wednesday, Masvidal will be taking on American Cornhole League champion Cody Henderson in a special match at the 2020 ACL World Championships.

Now, many of you may be wondering, ‘What?!” and with good reason. Masvidal is one of the best fighters in the world but that has little bearing on a game that revolves around tossing beanbags into a hole cut out of a four-foot piece of plywood. Well, according to the ACL website, this specialty event was conceived of by the ACL and Masvidal’s team after Masvidal and Henderson enjoyed a friendly game of cornhole in January on Radio Row during Super Bowl week. Unsurprisingly, the ACL champion dominated “Gamebred,” and when the ACL reached out to Masvidal about coming to speak at the World Championships this year, instead the BMF champion wanted to compete in some fashion. Ultimately, they created a special rules match for Masvidal to rematch Henderson.

The game will be “a shortened version of ACL’s round limit shootouts that surround this event and integrates MMA themes.” In lieu of the normal ACL 10-round limit shootouts, Masvidal’s match will only be five rounds and he will be spotted 15 points to start. If either player reaches 21 points by the end of the fifth round, that will be considered a knockout and it no player wins by the end of regulation, the bout will go to a judge’s decision (AKA, the scoreboard). It’s a pretty major lead that Masvidal is being spotted and one he believes will be too big to overcome.

“I have the fastest KO in MMA fighting history and now I am going for the fastest KO in Cornhole history,” Masvidal said. “Cody will regret spotting me 15 points.”

Probably not, though. The speculative odds the ACL released for the promotional bout have Masvidal as a +250 underdog to win by decision and a whopping +900 to actually get to 21 points. But even if Masvidal gets blown out by Henderson, it won’t matter as the BMF champion is clearly just enjoying the opportunity to keep broadening his reach. He even used this event to take a shot at his most recent opponent, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

Only way I get stopped is if foot stomps are legal #theresurrection https://t.co/yZZQbhwMuw

— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) August 2, 2020

The match goes down Wednesday, Aug. 5, and will be broadcast on ESPN2.

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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Respect.

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I’m ok everyone just need some stitches. Thank you for all your messages, love you all! Congrats to @derekbrunson tonight he did a great job. No excuses, it’s the fight game and I’ll be back! Blessed to have the support I have from everyone!

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Thanks for the fight young man . You’ll be back ! Blessings https://t.co/0wvKvSbexU

— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) August 2, 2020

Nice one Brunson.
Really showed your level of experience in this fight.
Enjoy your time with your kids ✨

— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) August 2, 2020

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Very impressed with @derekbrunson’s performance last night over one of the most dangerous young guns in the division. Derek was smooth, patient and professional, and absolutely brutal when it came time to close the show. He looked like a real seasoned veteran and showed a tangible leap in improvement. Edmen Shahbazyan is young and incredibly talented. This fight will be a huge learning experience for him and I believe he’ll come out of it better than ever.

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Next one.

Hermanson or Til next sounds good to me. Both ranked ahead of me & no fight scheduled! @UFC @AliAbdelaziz00 @danawhite @Mickmaynard2

— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) August 2, 2020

Statement.

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Well that was a rough night at the office..congratulations to Jenifer Maia..I’m so grateful for my family, friends and fans that are here to help pick me back up in this crazy life we all share. It’s a fight, everyday we all fight, but it’s not everyday it goes our way. Thanks to all the @ufc staff, the medics and docs at umc..oh and my knight in shining armour @bigwoodmma702 sorry for scaring you babe! #nevergiveup

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Trevin Giles on what happened.

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Got held over night in the hospital. Apparently I have heart irregularities that may be the cause of all this. Just had a heart cardiogram this morning. Waiting for the good news and back to Houston I go. I will enjoy my family, assure all my loved ones that I’m okay, then I will prepare to handle some unfinished business. Thanks for all the love and concern.

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Khabib on his return.

it will be hard preparation, in September we will be together with the @akajav
Miss you coach. pic.twitter.com/Px9lcpNwHC

— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) August 2, 2020

Petr Yan can fight his ass off but not the best trash talker.

My saddle’s waiting, soon I will ride my pony @funkmasterMMA #pause pic.twitter.com/LC11z7UAk1

— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) August 2, 2020

Thinking ahead.

Marlon. https://t.co/F4LBlfaJbU

— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) August 2, 2020

Mike Perry.

I want to be a better role model for my family. For my unborn son. My Queen @latory_g and for myself so I can earn the respect I deserve. To my sponsors and my bosses at @ufc I want to apologize for how my actions have impacted our relationships. I will be better all around #Oss

— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) August 2, 2020

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Ketlen Vieira (10-1) vs. Marion Reneau (9-6-1); UFC Fight Night, Sep. 26.

Andrei Arlovski (29-19) vs. Tanner Boser (19-6-1); UFC Fight Night, Oct. 3.

Robert Whittaker (21-5) vs. Jared Cannonier (13-4); UFC 254, Oct. 24.

Alexander Volkov (31-8) vs. Walt Harris (13-8); UFC 254, Oct. 24.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.

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