Jorge Masvidal has risen to the top in the UFC in the last several months behind his success in the octagon. That has seen him become quite vocal with his desire to fight recently-retired fighter, Conor McGregor. It has seen him lay out how he believes he can knock out the former lightweight champion.
Jorge Masvidal’s rise to stardom
Since joining the UFC back in 2013 after the dissolution of Strikeforce, Jorge Masvidal has had an interesting path to the top in the business.
Masvidal has had his bumps along the way holding a 12-6 record since transitioning over to the company. That saw him fight in the lightweight division for the first several fights of his UFC career as he ran a 5-2 record over that span as his two losses came via decisions.
He has since moved to the welterweight division as he has had his ups and downs during that span with losses to Benson Henderson, Lorenz Larkin, and Demian Maia, all coming from split decisions. However, he has continued to push his way up as he has won his last three straight fights that included an incredible KO of Ben Askren via a flying knee in a record five seconds into the match.
Masvidal followed that up with a TKO win over Nate Diaz last November to secure the symbolic UFC BMF belt. All of that has earned him the chance to step in place of Gilbert Burns to take on Kamaru Usman on Saturday at UFC 251 for the welterweight championship.
Jorge Masvidal know what it takes to beat Conor McGregor
Throughout the last several months, Jorge Masvidal hasn’t been shy about his desire to take on Conor McGregor.
Masvidal and the former featherweight and lightweight champion have exchanged words through the media. That has seen the 35-year-old voice that he would like to beat up McGregor and was pushing for that match. With that in mind, he voiced earlier this year that he knows how to take out The Notorious one precisely. (H/T Essentially Sports)
“Every time he throws the left hand, there’s a mighty right elbow coming up.”
Masvidal certainly doesn’t lack confidence that he can get the job done against any opponent, but McGregor has proven to be one of the best in the business. Each of his losses in his MMA career have come via a submission hold, which he has excelled extremely well on his feet with 19 of his 22 career wins via knockout.
McGregor has a strong reputation for being quite shifty in the octagon along with having a fast left hand that and now a shoulder thrust in his arsenal. All of that trash talk only brings more fuel to the fire if there is ever to be a match between these two fighters.
Conor McGregor’s UFC future
The future in the octagon for Conor McGregor is once again cloudy as there is no clarity as to whether he will return to the sport.
It isn’t the first time that he has gone this route as he has previously voiced that he has retired from MMA. There is a growing belief that this may be due to unrest from him wanting to fight sooner than the timeline given to him by the UFC.
There isn’t any question that McGregor still has plenty of gas left in the tank has he showed in the dominating win over Donald Cerrone. It’s just a matter of getting the right deal to his liking to get him back at what he does best. Only time will tell if he will ever return to the octagon again.