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3 Opponents That Make Sense for Jorge Masvidal

Three Bouts That Make Sense For The UFC Superstar

With UFC 272 now in the rear view mirror, Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal is 3-3 in his last six bouts and finds himself at a career crossroads.

Recently, the UFC superstar was embroiled in a grudge match against former stablemate and friend Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington. Masvidal came out on the losing end of the fight by a unanimous decision in favour of Covington. However, despite the final bell being rung, it was far from over between the two Miami fighters.

On March 23rd, just two weeks after their fight at UFC 272, Masvidal was taken into custody in Miami, Florida for an assault against his rival Covington. Just a day later, Masvidal was let out of jail after pleading not guilty.

Though ‘Gamebred’ has ensnared himself in legal troubles and outside drama, he has remained vocal about fighting again later this year.

Here, we take a look at three opponents that make sense for Jorge Masvidal’s next fight.

#3. Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson and Jorge Masvidal face off at the weigh in.
Stephen Thompson (left), Jorge Masvidal (right)

This rematch, from their 2017 fight at UFC 217, would be an interesting collision between the two familiar strikers.

Jorge Masvidal lost via unanimous decision against a Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson who had just fought for the welterweight title. Indeed, ‘Wonderboy’ put on a striking clinic against Masvidal.

Since then, Thompson has gone 2-6. The ‘NMF’ has expressed interest in a rematch against Masvidal.

Meanwhile, Masvidal went through his career resurgence in 2019, and though being 3-3 since 2018, Masvidal is currently ranked 7th right behind ‘Wonderboy’.

#2. Leon Edwards

Leon Edwards and Jorge Masvidal pose for the camera
Leon Edwards (left), Jorge Masvidal (right)

Jorge Masvidal has no shortage of personal bouts. When he isn’t having a volatile rivalry with Kamaru Usman, or a violent grudge against Colby Covington, Masvidal still has unfinished business with Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards.

This fight has been brewing since spring 2019, after Masvidal defeated Darren Till in the return bout that began his spectacular 2019 campaign.

During his post-fight interview, Edwards called out Masvidal as he was celebrating his win. After Edwards had told Masvidal to shut up during his interview, Masvidal ended the interview early to walk over to Edwards to give him the infamous “Three Piece and a soda”.

The moment went viral, and both men had to be separated, with Edwards having a cut on his cheek from one of the punches Masvidal delivered.

Fast forward to late 2021, and Edwards and Masvidal were scheduled to fight at UFC 270. However, due to a rib injury, Masvidal pulled out and instead fought Colby Covington at UFC 272.

Edwards, meanwhile, is riding on a 10 fight unbeaten streak and is ranked third in the division. He is rumored to fight UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman in a rematch between the pair later this year.

#1. Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor and Jorge Masvidal put their game faces on
Jorge Masvidal (left), Conor McGregor (right)

Give me a fight that doesn’t check off all the boxes the way this one does: exciting styles, exciting promotional skills, and two mainstream stars of the sport.

Jorge Masvidal vs. Conor McGregor has always been the wild card fight that the UFC could make at any point.

There are no personal issues between the two men and no ranking behind this bout that would weigh on it. This fight is would come from the pure standpoint of the two biggest stars in the UFC needing a win.

Since winning the lightweight title in 2016, Conor McGregor has gone 1-3, with the one win coming at Welterweight where he is overall 2-1. Masvidal has said in the past that the fight wouldn’t go well for Conor, being that he’s too big for the Irishman. McGregor has stated he can take the ‘BMF’ title at any time he chooses.

Both men are prolific strikers who can sell this fight within seconds of it being announced. It has to happen before both men retire.

Written by Julio Monteros

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