Jorge Masvidal thinks a fight with former two-weight UFC world champion Conor McGregor would be one of the biggest in history.
Masvidal had a career resurgence in 2019, winning three fights. The last of saw him win the inaugural UFC ‘BMF’ belt with a win over Nate Diaz. With McGregor recently saying he wants his hands on Masvidal’s belt, a fight with the Irishman has caught the attention of Gamebred.
Talking to MMA Fighting during a UFC 246 media scrum, Masvidal explained why he is more interested in a fight with McGregor as opposed to a shot at UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
“I won’t say [fighting Usman is] not the right move,” Masvidal said. “Usman’s a fight, Conor’s obviously flirted with the idea of fighting me. If me and Conor go in the Octagon, what happens? It’s one of the biggest fights in history.”
Masvidal thinks his star power and McGregor’s combined is a “formula for success”:
“Just by math, proven by what Conor’s been doing, the last couple of fights that I’ve had, the engagement, the pay-per-views, I broke records with ESPN. So obviously, it’s a formula for success. Somebody will always have the belt at 170 pounds, so it doesn’t really matter if it’s Kamaru or not. Conor’s the bigger fight. If Conor doesn’t do his job, or Conor doesn’t want to fight after this fight, we’re going to take Usman’s head off.”
McGregor returns to the Octagon for the first time in over a year to take on Donald Cerrone this Saturday night, January 18th, in the main event of UFC 246.