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Kamaru Usman's adversary to return to UFC in 2023

Former Kamaru Usman's opponent and promoter Jorge Masvidal wants to host an iKON FC event just one day before his UFC return next year.

Masvidal, 38, is hopeful of booking his next fight in the first quarter of next year after being sidelined with an injury since his decision loss to Colby Covington in March.

Two months before that fight, Masvidal took up the role of promoter after partnering with MMA matchmaker Dean Toole to create iKON.

Heading into his sixth event with iKON on Friday night as they visit Florida, Masvidal wants to hold an event for the promotion just one day before making his own fighting return.

"I'’d love to do that and we were trying to do that for some of my last fights," Masvidal told Mirror Fighting.

"Even with as much as I do, I have a great team and I can just sit in the passenger seat, let these guys dictate and drive it so I can fight. I can do the work for iKON that I would just have to do weeks before, because promoting and fighting go hand in hand."

"It’s what I’m used to and it doesn’t really add anything, so could I promote my show on Friday then go kick some a** on Saturday? Hell yeah, it just keeps my head in the game."

iKON have already sent fighters such as Bo Nickal and Hamdy Abdelhawab to the UFC, with Masvidal backing the decorated wrestler Nickal to win a world title next year.

Masvidal also needs to clear his ongoing legal issues stemming from an alleged assault on friend turned rival Covington just weeks after their fight before he is to step foot in the cage.

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