Masvidal claims McGregor 'shot down' UFC proposal for fight
‘I’d f***ing beat the brakes off him and it would be bad for his brand’: Jorge Masvidal claims Conor McGregor ‘shot down’ UFC proposal for fight out of fear he could be embarrassed by losing striking battle
- Jorge Masvidal has claimed Conor McGregor is avoiding a fight with him
- ‘Gamebred’ says it would be bad for Irishman’s brand if he lost in stand-up clash
- McGregor looks set to face Tony Ferguson as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter
Jorge Masvidal has claimed Conor McGregor is avoiding a fight with him out of fear that defeat would be ‘bad for his brand’.
The American, who has lost his last three, is no stranger to calling out McGregor but is now resigned to the fact that a clash between them will not happen.
He told the MMA Hour: ‘I want Conor, but Conor doesn’t want me, it sucks.
Conor McGregor (right) is preparing for his UFC comeback later this year
Jorge Masvidal claims McGregor has avoided him out of fear of damaging his brand
‘He just doesn’t want it. Every time the UFC’s brought it up, he shoots it down. I don’t know why. I think I’m bigger. I think I’m quicker than him, and we both know I hit harder than him.
‘So, I get it, stylistically, it’s not the best for him or his brand.
‘Not only am I going to beat the f***ing brakes off of him, but I’m going to do it in a way that’s not good for his brand. I’m going to do it on my feet.’
McGregor seems set to coach on The Ultimate Fighter opposite Tony Ferguson and fight the veteran in his comeback bout at the end of the series later this year.
McGregor has not fought since the brutal leg break he suffered against Dustin Poirier
Tony Ferguson has revealed he has been asked to serve as a coach against McGregor on TUF
The UFC are yet to make an official announcement but reports in Ireland suggest the ‘Notorious’ has already accepted the role.
McGregor has only won once since 2016 but will see Ferguson as eminently beatable given his sharp decline over the last couple of years.
‘El Cucuy’ has lost five in a row and many have called for him to retire.
No doubt a bumper payday will still appeal but the weight class will also be an interesting factor.
McGregor has bulked up significantly and would have to cut back down to get to lightweight. Masvidal is a welterweight and still carries big-name appeal but it remains to be seen where McGregor sees his future.
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