Masvidal: McGregor ‘Don’t Want This’
Jorge Masvidal wants a big fight with Conor McGregor, but he thinks the Irish superstar isn’t as willing to step into the Octagon with him.
>McGregor made his return to the UFC at UFC 246 last week, needing just 40 seconds to finish Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the welterweight main event. In his post-fight comments and press conference, McGregor seemed to keep options open, seemingly calling out welterweights like Masvidal and champion Kamaru Usman and lightweights Paul Felder (who was on commentary) and champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
But Masvidal told the LeBatard and Friends podcast he viewed McGregor’s remarks as one that said he didn’t want the smoke. And if that’s the case, “Gamebred” says he has no problem going after Usman to claim the UFC’s 170-pound title.
He’s talking a lot of s***. But it’s all s*** cause he doesn’t want this. “He could have cut the sickest promo — he could have cut the sickest promo of life. Had everybody extra wanting it and talking about it. We kind of understand where they’re going.
“Certain things he said on the microphone as well that he doesn’t feel he’s not up to speed, that he needs to work on this, he needs to work on that,” Masvidal said. “I get it, man. Go back in there, find your timing, when you feel you’re ready for the challenge, we do it. There’s no rush.
“I’ll go get my title meanwhile. I’ll go f*** up [Kamaru] Usman meanwhile, and then me and Conor can talk in the future if he wants to or not. It doesn’t really matter. I’m not here to bully people into fights or keep asking for the fight. I’m going to go about my business like I said I always will.”
Masvidal also offered up his thoughts on McGregor’s comeback performance.
“He looked good,” Masvidal said. “He had considerable size that he gained from all his previous competitions I’ve seen him in. He’s definitely gained some size. The fight only lasted 40 seconds. Conor did a lot of the same things that he did, maybe some new elements like his shoulder strikes and things like that, that he was doing. But a lot of the stuff he’s always done, he’s always been great at it. Punching, kicking, mixing it up. I think maybe it was the first time he hurt somebody really bad with a head kick but I’ve seen him head kick before.
“Conor, he’s been out for a while and we’re asking him to come up to another weight class that isn’t his and fight the baddest motherf***** in that f****** weight class. Let the guy get into his groove. When he finds his groove and space, I’ll still be at the top winning. He can come knocking on my door then.
“Right now, it’s sounding like what he said right after the fight, he still wants to get up to speed and do certain things. Get those certain things done and then when you’re ready, get in contact with my camp and we’ll figure it out.”
Quotes via MMA Fighting