JORGE MASVIDAL has snubbed Conor McGregor when asked who he’ll target if he brushes aside champion Kamaru Usman.
The 35-year-old takes on Usman at UFC 251 on Saturday after stepping in on a week’s notice after original opponent Gilburt Burns tested positive for coronavirus.
His confidence is obviously sky high after calling out Nate Diaz and Stephen Thompson when he steals Usman’s belt on Fight Island.
Masvidal beat Diaz in November to win the BMF belt but lost to Thompson in 2017 via unanimous decision.
He told ESPN: “There are two guys that are on my radar and Nate is definitely one of them.
“Because no matter what, there’s a good fight and me, nor the world, got the result we wanted [when they fought for the BMF title].
“I know Nate wants to run it back. I’m telling you, speaking from the heart, I want to run it back.
“So when I get this title, nothing would be better than to give him the same opportunity he gave me to fight for his BMF belt.”
Masvidal has won his last three fights after knocking out Darren Till and Ben Askren.
Now he is targetting revenge against Thompson while McGregor is at the back of his mind.
He added: “Another dude I’m definitely going to be scrapping at some point is [Stephen] Thompson.
“It’s nothing personal, I’ve got nothing but love and respect for this individual, but I would just love to run it back.
“I think I can definitely do better than that night that we first met. I think I’d match him well and I’d love to run it back with Thompson, so that’s something that will definitely be happening.”
McGregor announced his UFC retirement last month although coach John Kavanagh hinted that he could make a sensational return to middleweight.
The Notorious has already retired twice, once in 2016, and another time last year.