After destroying previously-unbeaten Ben Askren with a five-second, record-setting, flying-knee knockout at UFC 239 this past Saturday, Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal has been making his media rounds this week.
And he’s taken full advantage.
During an appearance Thursday on “The Dan Le Batard Show,” Masvidal expressed his desire to fight for the welterweight title next.
However, with 170-pound champion Kamaru Usman recovering from double-hernia surgery, Masvidal had another idea on how to keep him busy in 2019.
“Another guy that interests me because it’s just a fight that if we made it, it’s going to sell a lot and I’m going to get the money that I deserve and you can see, you put me in there in a fight and I’m going to fight. I’m going to give you what the fans [want]. I’ve never pulled out of a fight.
“I want [Conor] McGregor. I want to break his face. I think that’s an easy paycheck. He’s got these cash symbols written all over his face for me. I just don’t see it going his way if I’m honest with you.”
McGregor has been on the sidelines since taking a beating from lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 last October. “The Eagle” submitted the former double champ in the fourth round.
Masvidal owns two of the UFC’s most vicious knockouts of 2019. He scored a second-round KO over Darren Till as a +190 underdog at UFC Liverpool on March 16. His easy work of Askren netted his betting backers a +185 return.
Now “Gamebred” want a title shot or the UFC’s best trash talker and revenue generator.
“[McGregor] backs down. He taps. I’ve never tapped in my whole entire career,” Masvidal said. “He’s tapped a couple times so that’s backing down in my book. It’s something I’ve never done and I feel like I’d break him. It would be an easy fight.
“It just means more money, more fans and then fight for the title. Either one of them makes sense to me. I think Conor’s a bigger check so I wouldn’t mind Conor. I want to put money away in the bank.”