After turning pro eight years ago at the age of 18 and battling through 27 professional fights, Jorge Masvidal is finally becoming a household name. And with wins over some of the best in the division, such as Joe Lauzon, Yves Edwards and Ryan Schultz, “Gamebred” hopes that he is just a few wins away from a shot at current Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Milendez.

Masvidal recently sat down with The MMA Corner to discuss his upcoming fight against K.J. Noons at this weekend’s “Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum” event, as well as his quest for a title and what the future holds for him.

This Saturday, Masvidal will battle K.J. Noons in what is now considered to be a No. 1 contender bout. Asked about what he thought of Noons as an opponent and whether or not the winner of this fight should get a title shot, Masvidal stated, “Noons is a very tough guy and he is at the top of the mountain at the moment. I want to fight for a title and if you’re not going to let me fight for a title then give me the next toughest, the next best guy and let me fight that person. They gave me K.J. Noons and I said let’s do this. K.J. is a tough gu,y but if he is who I have to fight to get a title shot, then let’s do it. Yeah, I think that the winner of this fight deserves a title shot. We are the two best guys in the division so yeah, whoever wins deserves a title shot.”

Masvidal is 2-2 in his last four fights and hopes that he can put together a significant winning streak and make a run at the title. Masvidal indicated that his .500 record in his last four fights is his own fault, as he left the fights in the hands of the judges, a mistake that he does not plan on making again.

“I believe that I won both of the fights,” the American Top Team fighter said.  “When I fought Luis (Palomino) in Florida, that was his hometown and his backyard. I should have finished the fight, but I think that he got the hometown decision. Luis even said that he got the hometown decision.

“In the (Paul) Daley fight, I don’t know. I took him down five times and controlled position and dictated the pace of the fight. In my mind, I definitely won that fight, both fights, but it is my fault for letting them go to the judges, but I will not make that mistake again.”

When asked what Masvidal thought about the current state of judging in MMA and what he would do to change things, Masvidal stated, “The judging in MMA today is horrible. There are a couple of things that I would to change the current judging system. First, I think that the judges should have to post their scores at the end of each round. That we, as fighters, know what we have to do to win the fight.

“Also, I think that judges need to be fighters or at least train in the sport that they are judging. I think that many judges don’t know how to judge things because they do not know what it is that they are seeing, but if they trained then they would know, ‘okay he is working a submission or he is doing that.’  If they knew more about what was going on, then they could score a fight more accurately. There have been so many bad decisions in MMA that something has to change.”

Masvidal is coming off a decision victory over Billy Evangelista at “Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson” and hopes to continue his winning ways against Noons. “If a victory of Noons earns me a title shot, great, and if not, then I just want to fight the best guys out there,” Masvidal said.

Masvidal is certainly a force to be reckoned with in the lightweight division, and with a win over Noons, he will finally earn the title shot that drives him to be the best in the world.

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