Dana White has said that Conor McGregor wants to fight three times in 2020, and of one which is a fight with Jorge Masvidal for his ‘BMF’ title.
McGregor is scheduled to return to the octagon at UFC 246 on January 18th to fight Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout. Talking recently to ESPN, the UFC president outlined McGregor’s hopes of getting a fight with Masvidal should a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov not materialise.
“Conor has this idea, too, that if things don’t go his way and he [doesn’t] get the fight [with Khabib], he’ll have had a 170 fight in his pocket again and [is] considering a [Jorge] Masvidal fight,” White said. “I think everybody knows what I think about it. I think it’s a bad idea. (Transcription via MMA Fighting)
“Conor wants that belt from Masvidal,” White said. “I did it as a one off and like I said, it was fun. It was awesome. We’ll see what happens.”
Masvidal had a career resurgence in 2019, picking up consecutive knockouts over Darren Till and Ben Askren, and then going on to beat Nate Diaz in November to win the inaugural ‘BMF’ title. Although a one-off idea just for that fight, it seems McGregor wants Masvidal’s belt, but White isn’t a fan of the idea.
“Conor gets pissed off when I say it’s a bad idea, and he’s like, ‘You think I can’t beat Masvidal?’ I’m not saying you can’t beat Masvidal. Anybody can beat anybody on any given day, but why? Why go after that fight when you could possibly just wait?”