What ATT Owner Dan Lambert Wants Next for Masvidal
It’s suspected that Jorge Masvidal may be next in line for the UFC welterweight title, but Dan Lambert, owner of American Top Team, feels there are better next fight options for Masvidal.
Masvidal has had a surge in stardom this year, knocking out Darren Till and Ben Askren — the latter being the fastest knockout in UFC history — before controversially finishing Nate Diaz for the BMF Title at UFC 244. He’s certainly made his case for 2019’s Fighter of the Year as a result.
Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington battle for the UFC welterweight title in the UFC 245 main event next month, and it’s widely speculated that Masvidal will be named the new No. 1 contender sometime after the fight. Masvidal has recently stated, however, that he’d fight for whoever, or whatever, paid him the most money.
Keeping his fighter’s thoughts in mind, Lambert suggests that Masvidal’s next fight be either against Conor McGregor or Nick Diaz.
A Masvidal-McGregor fight was reportedly rejected by UFC President Dana White earlier this year, as he feels Masvidal is, physically-speaking, “too big” for the Irish fighter. That has not stopped Twitter callouts, however.
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) November 23, 2019
Meanwhile, Masvidal and the elder Diaz have had their own share of words in the UFC 244 aftermath.
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) November 12, 2019
“They are all big money fights but all different money fights,” Lambert said. “Jorge and the team made it clear he wants whatever has the most zeros at the end. He wants to make the money, to me, the biggest money fight is always Conor McGregor so if I had it my way, I’d have him fight Conor next. It is probably going to be Nick, and it will get a lot of eyeballs. It is kind of ironic, the lesser money deal is the title fight.
In a separate interview earlier this week with LowKick MMA, Lambert added that he wouldn’t rule out Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz II after the controversial doctor’s stoppage, which Lambert feels was a highway robbery for Masvidal as well in that he didn’t get a true finish.
>Original Story: BJ Penn