Conor McGregor, who returns to the Octagon against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone tonight at UFC 246, has stated plans for a big comeback year in 2020 — and one of the future fights in question is a showdown with Jorge Masvidal.
Masvidal proved to be one of 2019’s biggest standout fighters, pulling off an upset knockout over Darren Till before setting the UFC record for fastest knockout against Ben Askren and defeating Nate Diaz inside New York’s Madison Square Garden for the “BMF” title.
During that span, Masvidal has been a new name who has crossed into the mainstream. And a bout with McGregor would be bigger and more lucrative than a fight with Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title — which Masvidal feels can wait if McGregor gets the win over Cerrone.
In fact, Usman doesn’t seem to have much interest in facing Masvidal, consistently asking “Who?” when his name is brought up.
“Somebody will always have the belt at 170 pounds,” Masvidal said at a media scrum during UFC 246 media day. “It doesn’t really matter if it’s Kamaru or not. Conor is a bigger fight. Now, if Conor doesn’t do his job or Conor doesn’t want to fight after this fight, we’re gonna take Usman’s head off.”
McGregor and Masvidal have both previously expressed interest in fighting one another, but UFC President Dana White feels Masvidal is “too big” for the Irish star, preferring McGregor stick to lightweight and pursue a lightweight title rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
But Masvidal’s hope is he gets to face McGregor before challenging Usman for the 170-pound title later in the year.
Conor obviously has flirted with the idea of fighting. And if me and Conor go into the Octagon, what happens? It’s one of the biggest fights in UFC history. Just by math.
Masvidal is even willing to put his “BMF” title on the line under certain conditions.
“You guys know I’m a gambling man,” Masvidal said. “If somebody wants this one right here, you’ve got to put something up worth collateral. Something that makes me go, ‘Yeah, that makes it worth me putting this up.’ I’m not just gonna put this up for somebody to win and me to not win nothing after I baptize them. You’ve got to give me something if I end your [expletive].
“It can be financial, it can be many things. Maybe certain individuals don’t even get to speak or do an interview if I whoop their ass the right way, [expletive] like that. I work for the community, so I know for a lot us certain people shouldn’t be talking no more.”
Original Story: ESPN
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