Former two-weight division champion Henry Cejudo has toyed with the idea of working with Jorge Masvidal after “Gamebred” suffered a tough defeat at the hands of a rival, Colby Covington.
On Saturday, Masvidal was outshined by former teammate and friend Colby Covington in the UFC 272 headliner. As analysts expected, Covington’s wrestling credentials were too much for Masvidal to handle, who severely struggled once the fight hit the mat. Despite being dropped in the contest, the former interim champion cruised his way to a dominant unanimous decision victory.
There are not many in combat sports with the wrestling credentials that Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo possesses. Cejudo recently opened up after the fight expressing an interest in training Masvidal to better his chances against elite-level wrestlers.
Can Henry Cejudo take Jorge Masvidal under his wing?
“What I would do with ‘Gamebred’ is, you would want to make him more of a technical fighter,” Cejudo said on The Triple C & Schmo Show. “Sometimes he gets into these flurries. He’s too smart. If I was to help him out it would be with his distance game. Keeping him at borders, like never allow anybody to get into the upper cutter-hook range and things of that nature, slipping through, going over the areas of concentration in wrestling, different little tricks because remember, I fought. Wrestling and MMA wrestling, it is different and people need to realize.” (H/T MMAJunkie)
Cejudo continued to state how he believed he would help the BMF champion and let Jorge Masvidal know that the door would always be open.
“There are things you can slip out of, and there are things you really gotta defend. You cannot get into these scramble positions as he did with Colby, which eventually exhausted him. I think I would help out ‘Gamebred’ a lot. I like ‘Gamebred’ even though we stopped talking due to our management firms with Ali [Abdelaziz] and Abraham [Kawa]. I’ve always had so much love for that dude. But my door will always be open for ‘Gamebred’ if he decides to rejuvenate his career. I believe I can help him tremendously.”
It’s no secret that Jorge Masvidal has exceptional striking. However, he has always struggled when matched up with high-level wrestlers. Do you believe Masvidal would benefit from training under Henry Cejudo or is it too late in his career to make that sacrifice?