Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, the UFC’s fighter of the year in 2019, is accusing the promotion of tying him down with a non-negotiable contract. Cuban-American Masvidal (35-13) had told White last week to “let me go if I’m not worth it” – just one of several star fighters threatening to retire from the sport because of financial disagreements. UFC president Dana White responded at the UFC 250 post-fight press conference, revealing Masvidal had recently signed a seven-fight contract and saying “you can say what you want, but I have a deal”. The 35-year-old Masvidal – who is on a three-fight win streak from 2019 having beaten Nate Diaz via doctor’s stoppage for the one-off “BMF” belt, Ben Askren via a record-breaking five-second flying knee, and Darren Till via second-round TKO – took to Twitter to address White’s latest rant. “I’m in a contract that I had to take to get paid. Same way I got a new contract to fight [T]ill. Then a new contract to fight Nate. They keep extending the amounts of fights to my contract to keep me locked up and when I say I only want a [four] fight contract it’s take it or leave it,” he said. “The negotiation is take it or leave it. If I lose you can cut me and not pay out the rest of the contract. If I win I’m not in a position to renegotiate the contract? My dad left a communist regime and has prepared me my whole life. “Why are all the major names having issues? Conor [McGregor], [Jon] Jones, [Henry C]ejudo. We have to take it or retire. I love fighting and this is the fight of our lives.” Why are all the major names having issues? Conor, Jones, cejudo. We have to take it or retire. I love fighting and this is the fight of our lives — Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) June 7, 2020 In response to a fan telling him he can leave the promotion at any time, Masvidal said, “I can’t leave. They own me until they cut me or I fight out my contract”. Veteran Masvidal also told ESPN on Sunday that his feud with White was not personal. Rather, he wants to close his final years in MMA by earning what he feels he deserves by “increasing the revenue of what I bring in”. “I respect Dana as a businessman ... He is not my friend or my enemy, he’s just a businessman and his business is to protect the UFC – whoever the new owners are now – and keep the fighters in check,” he said. “[To] have this anti-fighter union, like half the fighters are separated so that one voice can’t come together. Don’t have nothing bad to say about him – he does his job great. I gotta do my job and I gotta look out for me, and Dana gotta look out for his pockets and UFC, and I gotta look out for my family and such. “I’ve been doing this for 16 years, I’ll be doing it for about another three years at this level, and then I’m done. When I’m done, I’m gonna make sure I took home what was fair. I don’t agree with these numbers, so let’s do something about it.” Masvidal also confirmed that he had been training for a rumoured title fight with welterweight champion and elite-level wrestler Kamaru Usman , despite White saying he had “something interesting” for the fan favourite . I brought down some of the best wrestlers on the planet for camp. Don’t tell me I didn’t want to fight. July 11th there was a baptism planned #theresurrection — Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) June 7, 2020 “I brought down some of the best wrestlers on the planet for camp. Don’t tell me I didn’t want to fight. July 11 there was a baptism planned,” he said.