Jorge Masvidal says he’d sign to fight UFC 241’s Nate Diaz ‘in a heartbeat’

Jorge Masvidalwants nothing more than to become UFC champion, but there are a couple of other guys he’s willing to face.

One of them is Nate Diaz, who takes on Anthony Pettis on Saturday at UFC 241 in Anaheim, Calif.

Speaking to The Mac Life, Masvidal (34-13 MMA, 11-6 UFC) said he wouldn’t hesitate if the UFC offered him a fight with Diaz.

“In a heartbeat, we’re signing,” Masvidal said. “I’ve been chasing the belt for 16 years, but that’s such a fight for me, for the fans, for the sport, and it’s two Latin dogs just going at it. We haven’t seen that in the sport too much. We need to see it. You’re just going to lock up two dogs in the cage and let them go. Let’s find out what happens. That’s a fight I would love. If that fight gets offered, we’re taking it.”

Masvidal is coming off back-to-back knockouts of Darren Till at UFC on ESPN+ 5 and Ben Askren at UFC 239. The latter was a new UFC record with a flying knee KO in just five seconds.

Masvidal thinks he’s paid his dues. He only wants a title shot or big-money fights.

“I’ve got 16 years working with one goal in mind, and that’s to get the belt, and if I’m not fighting for that belt and I’m so close to it and it was promised to me after the Ben Askren fight, it has to be something of significant force – and they’ve gotta pay me, man. That’s about it.”

Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman doesn’t excite Masvidal stylistically, but he has the belt he wants. But it’s fighters like Diaz, who push forward and are willing to stand and trade, he loves to compete against.

“I want the fights that will push me over the top,” Masvidal said. “The title for me means everything because I don’t have it, but Kamaru’s not like a dangerous dude. It’s not a fight that I’m scared to get hurt in. A guy like Nate, I know he’s going to try to rip my head off. He’s going to try to take my soul. So those big fights like that motivate me to work out, to get in there.”

Jorge Masvidal: Conor McGregor video ‘just didn’t look right’

Yesterday, footage was released showing Conor McGregor punching an older man in the face in a pub in Ireland after the man apparently refused to drink the Irish fighter’s Proper No. Twelve whiskey. Speaking to Submission Radio, UFC welterweight contender and potential McGregor opponent Jorge Masvidal shared his thoughts on the incident.

“I thought it was maybe photoshopped cause the dude looked old as fu**, right?” he said.

“I don’t know man, I don’t want to comment too much on it. I don’t know what happened in there but it didn’t look right. That dude looks 60 years old and you punched him in the head when he wasn’t looking at you? I don’t know how that sits me with man,” Masvidal added. “It just didn’t make no sense. Maybe the guy disrespected Conor or spit on him or some sh** that I didn’t see on the camera. But the ten-second clip I saw just didn’t look right.”

You can watch the full clip of Conor McGregor here:

Jorge Masvidal has recently campaigned for a fight with the former two-division champ Conor McGregor — a man he previously seemed to have quite a bit of respect for. 

“First, let me say whether Conor takes it or not — because people be putting sometimes words in people’s mouths, from my mouth in particular — I got good things to say about Conor,” Masvidal told TMZ Sports recently. “He’s done a lot in this sport and he’s made his money already. If he feels he’s not getting the money he deserves to come back, man I’m the first one to applaud him and be like, ‘Do your thing my brother. Go get the money.’ I always cheer for my MMA brothers and sisters. So if he feels he ain’t getting his money’s worth, I’m not gonna call ever him a p*ssy for that, or nothing like that. Go get your money’s worth. That’s the first thing I want to say.”

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Michael Bisping discusses potential roadblock for Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal

Michael Bisping likes the idea of Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal, but he feels it isn’t likely to happen next.

Diaz is scheduled to take on Anthony Pettis this Saturday night (Aug. 17) in the co-main event of UFC 241. This will be Diaz’s first bout since Aug. 2016, where he dropped a majority decision in a rematch with Conor McGregor. Even if Diaz emerges victorious this weekend, Bisping believes there’s a roadblock to the Stockton native colliding with Jorge Masvidal.

Taking to his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping said that Diaz vs. Masvidal is the type of fight that “Gamebred” is looking for.

“That would be the level or magnitude of fight that Masvidal’s looking for. Nate Diaz, who I’m referring too. No disrespect to Pettis, great fighter, legendary, former champion, all that good stuff. But Diaz is the one with the name, right? This weekend’s pay-per-view is probably gonna be a really, really big one. It’s probably gonna sell well. I don’t know how many, but it’s gotta be a lot. It’s gonna spank. If we’re looking at a graph of the latest pay-per-views, this one’s gonna spank for sure. It’s got Diaz on there, DC-Stipe, all the rest of it.”

While Bisping is a fan of the matchup, he said that Diaz vs. McGregor III is more likely.

“If he was to win, yes Masvidal-Diaz, that’s the type of fight that Masvidal’s talking about. And I know Diaz likes that type of fights as well. That would be f*cking sick. Diaz vs. Masvidal, amazing. The only fly in the ointment with that one is that if Diaz wins, he’s probably gonna fight Conor. I reckon that’s the fight. That’ll be the fight. He’s got the comeback fight, the return, all the rest of it. That would be my guess as the only reason why that fight wouldn’t happen.”

If Nate Diaz wins at UFC 241, would you rather see him fight Conor McGregor a third time or take on Jorge Masvidal? Do you agree with Michael Bisping?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 8/15/2019.

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Jorge Masvidal weighs in on what’s next without Conor McGregor or a UFC title shot

Jorge Masvidal UFC Uruguay backstage interview

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Jorge Masvidal talks about what’s next for him after UFC president Dana White said that he wouldn’t get Conor McGregor or the next welterweight title shot.

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Former enemies Michael Bisping and Jorge Masvidal link up at UFC Uruguay

Jorge Masvidal and Michael Bisping were both in Montevideo for his past Saturday’s UFC Uruguay card. As recently as a few months ago, would have been a problem.

Until very recently, the former UFC middleweight champion and the top welterweight contender were mortal enemies, with Masvidal taking repeated shots at Bisping in interviews and on social media. 

In fact, there was legitimate concern as to what my happen if the pair wound up in the same room together.

Luckily, Bisping and Masvidal were able to squash their beef ahead of Masvidal’s UFC London victory over Darren Till. So, when they crossed paths in Uruguay, they posed for a picture instead of beating each other senseless.

Both men posted about this encounter on their respective Instagram accounts.

“Didn’t have to be cool in #England during my fight week but was respectful to me. Thanks for being a standup guy @mikebisping” – Jorge Masvidal on Instagram. 

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“Soda only these days with @gamebredfighter.” – Michael Bisping on Instagram.

Jorge Masvidal is riding high on back-to-back knockout wins over Darren Till and former Bellator and ONE champ Ben Askren. His defeat of Askren, a five-second flying knee at UFC 239, shattered the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history. The Cuban-American, who was in Montevideo doing promotional work, does not currently have a fight booked. Although he has recently campaigned for a fight with Conor McGregor or a title fight with Kamaru Usman, it sounds like he’ll have to settle for a grudge match with Leon Edwards, as McGregor’s future is uncertain and Usman will seemingly fight Colby Covington next.

Michael Bisping, as aforementioned, is the former UFC middleweight champion. He retired in late 2017 after losses to Georges St-Pierre and Kelvin Gastelum, and has recently started working as a UFC commentator — the reason for his trip to Montevideo.

Are you surprised to see Jorge Masvidal and Michael Bisping getting so friendly in Uruguay?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 8/12/2019.

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Jorge Masvidal responds to Ben Askren’s request for a ‘thank you’

Jorge Masvidal squared off against Ben Askren on the main card of UFC 239 in what was considered to be the most highly anticipated bout of the evening.

Masvidal entered the fight looking to build off the momentum of his sensational knockout victory over Darren Till at March’s UFC event in London.

Meanwhile, Ben Askren was not only looking to keep his undefeated record in check, but also earn a title shot with a victory over ‘Gamebred’.

Unfortunately for fans of ‘Funky’, the contest only lasted 5-seconds after Askren was KO’d by a savage flying knee from Masvidal.

The devastating finish (watch that here), proved to be the fastest in promotional history and catapulted Jorge Masvidal into top contender status.

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While Ben Askren has proven to be nothing but humble in defeat, he still believes Masvidal owed him a ‘thank you’ for helping him become rich and famous.

“I will acknowledge that I made him this popular,” Askren said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “I brought the best in him, So it’s fine, it’s part of the game. We were the most anticipated fight by far on the biggest card of the year. And it definitely wasn’t because Jorge decided not to show up to two different press events. It was because I made it that way. Jorge can say I’m a dick, or whatever the hell he wants to say about me, but if he wasn’t so rude, he should probably say, ‘Thank you for making me a lot of money.’”

During a media scrum at today’s UFC Uruguay event, Jorge Masvidal responded to Ben Askren’s ‘thank you’ request.

“I don’t know. See to thank him, I thank everybody that stepped in there to fight (against me) so he can get the general thank you,” Masvidal said. “But he didn’t do nothing for me. I did everything for that moment. That moment was, that was me doing that. That isn’t the first time I’ve knocked someone out with a flying knee and it won’t be the last either.”

Jorge Masvidal continued to discuss Ben Askren:

“So in a way, thanks to Ben’s chin for being in collision with my f*cking knee. So thank you to your f*cking chin Ben.”

Who ‘Gamebred’ will fight in his next Octagon appearance remains to be seen. UFC President Dana White has stated his interest in booking Masvidal against surging division contender Leon Edwards.

However, Jorge Masvidal says the promotion promised him a title shot with a win over Ben Askren, and now victorious he plans to cash in.

Who do you think Masvidal should fight in his next Octagon appearance? Sound off in the comments section PENN Nation!

This article first appeared on BJPENN.com August 11, 2019

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Jorge Masvidal vows to ‘murder’ Leon Edwards when they fight

UFC welterweight standouts Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards seem destined to collide in a future fight inside of the Octagon.

The perennial welterweight contenders began their rivalry at March’s UFC London event, shortly after Masvidal knocked out Darren Till in the shows headliner.

In a now infamous incident, Leon Edwards was chirping Jorge Masvidal backstage while ‘Gamebred’ was performing an interview post-fight at UFC London. Masvidal took offense to Edwards antics and proceeded to confront the Birmingham native. When that happened all hell would break loose and punches were thrown.

While neither fighter received punishment for the incident, it certainly sparked a rivalry and had fight fans clamoring to see a future matchup.

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However, despite both Edwards and Masvidal winning at the March event, they were paired against different opponets in their respective Octagon returns this summer.

Jorge Masvidal would end up fighting Ben Askren at UFC 239, a bout which he won in record-setting time with a flying knee.

Meanwhile, Leon Edwards extended his current win streak to an impressive eight in a row by dominating Rafael dos Anjos.

With both men seemingly on the door of a title shot, it would appear that now would be a great time for the promotion to book the grudge match.

According to Leon Edwards, the UFC has offered Jorge Masvidal the fight, but it was ultimately turned down by ‘Gamebred’ and his team.

Masvidal responded to ‘Rocky’s‘ claim during a media scrum at today’s UFC Uruguay event.

“It’s not going to be on his terms or whenever the f*ck he wants it,” Masvidal said. “It’ll always be on mine. That’s what bothers him so much inside. He’s got to look at this interview and people are going to call him and tell him. You’re a f*cking nobody. I run this show. You listen to me. When I say I’m going to kick your f*cking ass, I’m going to kick your f*cking ass. I’m going to get paid now. Like I said, 16 years I’ve been chasing this dream of getting the belt. You think I’m going to let some bug like this guy even slightly throw me off my road, my destiny towards my greatness? Towards the belt? I’m going to get the belt and I’m going to eliminate him off the face of the earth.”

Jorge Masvidal continued suggesting that Leon Edwards could be overrated.

“Everyone was saying Ben (Askren) was an amazing fighter before I fought him with all this grappling stuff. But after I five-seconded his ass, now they’re saying he’s overrated. I’m going to beat Leon (Edwards) so bad, they’re going to say the same sh*t about him. They’re going to say he’s overrated. There’s not one bone in my body that is not agreeing with what I’m saying. I’m going to murder that guy when we fight. He’s a scrub. You are a scrub, Leon, and you f*cking know it. The fight will take place when I say so.”

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