Jorge Masvidal wants 'easy fight' vs. Conor McGregor if he can't get UFC title shot

Jorge Masvidal is in pursuit of a welterweight title shot following his record-setting knockout of Ben Askren at UFC 239. But if that doesn’t materialize, he has a pretty good idea as a consolation prize.

Masvidal (34-13 MMA, 11-6 UFC) once again has targeted former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor, who “Gamebred” sees as a big payday.

Even more than the belt, that’s what Masvidal is fighting for.

“I want McGregor,” Masvidal said Thursdauy during an appearance on “The Dan LeBatard Show.” “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.”

Masvidal has never had more steam behind his brand than he does now. He returned from a career-long layoff in March to score a devastating knockout of Darren Till, then followed that up by scoring the fastest finish in UFC history with his five-second shocker against Askren this past weekend.

Although a title fight with 170-pound champ Kamaru Usman is a priority, Masvidal said he’s unsure when the champion will be healthy enough to fight. Moreover, his good friend and teammate, Colby Covington, could be ahead of him should he beat Robbie Lawler at UFC on ESPN 5 next month.

Fighting McGregor is a prize in its own, though. The current status of the Irish star is unknown after he came up short in his bid to dethrone Khabib Nurmagomedov last October. However, if McGregor is looking for a fight, Masvidal sees himself as a reliable dance partner.

“It’s just a fight that, if we made it, it’s going to sell a lot. I’m going to get the money that I deserve, and you can see: You put me there in a fight, and I’m going to fight,” Masvidal said. “I’m going to give you what the fans want. I’ve never pulled out of a fight. …

“It just means more money, more fans and then fight for the title. Either one of them makes sense to me.”

If McGregor does decide to return to the octagon and chooses Masvidal as his foe, that wouldn’t be the best idea, Masvidal said. He sees a wide gap in their skills, and Masvidal would intend to prove that in the cage.

“He backs down,” Masvidal said. “He taps. I’ve never tapped in my whole entire career. 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.”

And if McGregor tried to pull him off his game by talking trash? Well, just look how that worked out for Askren.

“There’s no agitating me,” Masvidal said. “It’s just you’re corny, you’re non-stop talking, whatever, you’re going to get a little bit extra punished.”

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