Jorge Masvidal says he fought Gilbert Melendez with hurt hand

If Jorge Masvidal’s striking looked off last night in his championship clash with Strikeforce title-holder Gilbert Melendez it may have been because he was working with one paw for most of their pairing.

According to Masvidal’s camp, “Gambred” injured his right hand a few weeks out from the fight but opted to fight rather than withdraw and pursue further treatment. The 27-year old aggravated the injury in the first round of his meeting with Melendez and was forced to fight without it as a result.

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Melendez, primarily known as a grappler, was able to outwork the typically sharp Masvidal in the striking department and took home a Unanimous Decision because of the superior stand-up.

“I should have listened to my corners and tried to take him down more,” said Masvidal in a prepared statement. “At the end of the day Melendez won fair and square. He’s a great fighter and I have a lot of respect for him. I just hope I get the chance to fight him again.”

Masvidal is expected to see a physician next week once he settles back in to get a detailed prognosis on the condition of his hand.