Jorge Masvidal is coming off of a five second knockout victory over Ben Askren at UFC 239, with that being the fastest KO in UFC history.
Former two division UFC champion Conor McGregor has been on the negative end of criticism for a long time now, but Masvidal has nothing but praise for the Irishman.
“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 (via Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting). “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. The second thing is, if he wants to come back and he wants somebody who’s gonna stand with him and give him the type of fights that he likes, look no further my brother. Let’s not flirt with each other and all this sh*t. I’ve got a big buzz going on because I’m known and put people to sleep. You’ve got a huge buzz because you put people to sleep. Let’s do this. That’s it. It has to be no back and forth and all that flirty sh*t like we’re in high school. Let’s just scrap if we’re gonna scrap. If not, NEXT.”
Masvidal has expressed interest in fighting McGregor, but UFC President Dana White stated that Masvidal is too big a fighter for McGregor to face, which drew the ire of McGregor.
The welterweight contender sides with McGregor, saying they are closer in size than most people believe.
“I used to be a 55er, Conor used to be a 45er,” Masvidal said. “I’m naturally a 70 pounder, Conor’s probably a natural 55er. I’m a small 70 pounder though and Conor’s a decent-sized 55er so the size is not that much. It’s not incomparable. It’s not crazy. There’s probably more of a difference between me and [Darren] Till and me and Conor, size wise, and me and Till are in the same weight class.”
McGregor hasn’t competed since UFC 229 and has been teasing a return to action in recent months.