It looks like Jorge Masvidal will get passed over on a title shot by American Top Team (ATT) teammate Colby Covington, as ‘Chaos’ cemented himself as the next No. 1 contender this past weekend by thrashing Robbie Lawler for five rounds in the UFC on ESPN 5 main event at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
With that said, former UFC title challenger turned ESPN analyst and podcast host Chael Sonnen believes Dana White has a much bigger fight lined up for ‘Gamebred’.
Speaking on a recent episode of Beyond the Fight, Sonnen stated his case for why the UFC ought to book McGregor vs. Masvidal and, judging by his last podcast, ‘The American Gangster’ may have a point.
“Conor vs. Masvidal is a really big fight,” Sonnen said on his podcast (via Fernando Quiles Jr. of MMA News). “It’s heel vs. heel. It’s bad guy vs. bad guy. Who could be worse? It’s amazing. From a box office standpoint, it’s amazing. And I feel as though the storyline has already been laid a little bit and Conor does need something to do and Masvidal does deserve something big to do.
“I’m not predicting for you guys that you’re gonna see Masvidal and Conor next, I’m not. But what I am saying is it is not a discussion or a narrative that needs to be just brushed off the table. It’s on the table. It’s on the table for sure. Something great is gonna happen for Jorge Masvidal. Something great always happens for Conor McGregor. We get it. It’s worth talking about.”
White, however, is adamant that Masvidal, a natural 170-pounder, is ‘too big’ for ‘The Notorious’.
“Masvidal’s too big for him, man. I think Masvidal’s too big, Conor disagrees. So, Conor was not happy that I said Masvidal was too big for him.”