Jorge Masvidal snubs big-money Conor McGregor fight and demands rematch with UFC 251 rival Kamaru Usman as next bout


JORGE MASVIDAL has snubbed a big money fight with Conor McGregor and demanded a rematch with Kamaru Usman.

Masvidal lost a gruelling encounter to the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ Usman at UFC 251 at Fight Island on Saturday night.

But having only had six days notice for the fight, Masvidal wants another crack at the champion.

Despite recently announcing his retirement from UFC, rumours linking the Notorious with a return to the octagon refuse to go away.

And even though a fight with the Irishman would pull in huge money for Masvidal, the American is not bothered and wants to go after Usman’s Welterwight belt instead.

Speaking after the fight, the 35-year-old told ESPN: “Usman obviously, it’s a no-brainer.

“Usman. Could they offer me bigger names and pay me more money? Yes. For a fact. But if it’s up to me, Usman.

“For me stepping up on six days’ notice when nobody else would. Because a lot of people are saying they would, but who else did it?

“Who else really actually asked [UFC president] Dana [White]?

“Who else was actually like, ‘Hey, if Masvidal doesn’t do it, I will do it, I’m right here, I’m ready to go, let’s do it.’

“If it’s up to me, of course, Usman right away. I don’t care if they could offer me a bigger fight or not. I would like to fight Usman.”

McGregor was recently pictured enjoying his “retirement” in an £800 Versace outfit as he kissed girlfriend Dee Devlin on his 32nd birthday.

But pressed on whether he would take on the Notorious if he did a U-turn, Masvidal was firm in his resolve.

He added: “You could tell me that McGregor right now would make X, Y, Z dollars, the biggest pay-per-view event in history right, and I’m going to get paid forever.

“But I feel like I got compensated well enough now, that I keep making the right decisions that I’ve been doing, then this money is forever money.

“So it’s not about money. It’s about I want that damn belt and I’m stubborn. I know I’m better than Usman and I want to prove it. I want to fight again.

“I’m not going to take nothing from him. He won the first one. Let’s do it again. That’s it.

“After that, then we can start with whatever comes next after that, but Usman’s the thing that I want the most. The immediate rematch is Usman for me now.”

SunSport explored how Masvidal and McGregor would match up if they did enter the octagon together.

And it emerged that UFC 251 on Fight Island at the weekend sold 1.3m PPVs – the best since McGregor vs Khabib.

Masvidal was also spotted out training less than 48 hours after his Usman defeat.

And McGregor told Nate Diaz: “Shut your bitchass up” over Max Holloway’s controversial UFC 251 loss.


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