Chael Sonnen explains why Conor McGregor should target Jorge Masvidal after UFC 264
“It’s the fight!”
Chael Sonnen can’t believe more people aren’t clamoring for Conor McGregor vs. Jorge Masvidal.
McGregor is set to fight Dustin Poirier for the third time this summer and the winner of that rubber game is expected to be next in line for a UFC lightweight title shot.
Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira will compete for the UFC 155-pound belt this weekend after Poirier turned down the chance to fight for the title vacated by recently retired Khabib Nurmagomedov.
But Sonnen believes that, winning or losing to Poirier, McGregor should look to move up in the welterweight division and target a clash with Masvidal.
“I realize he’s back to 155 pounds and has other interests. Poirier gave a big roadblock and he has to go, ”Sonnen said.
“But why don’t we argue… Win or lose, should we see Conor fighting Chandler’s winner against Oliveira for whatever sporting integrity reason?” Like ‘Oh, this fight just has to happen!’ I do not think so. I didn’t think we had to do it with Conor vs. Khabib II…
“I don’t think Conor is going to miss anything in his life if he doesn’t take back a belt he already had.
“Conor rode for a reason and that reason was Jorge Masvidal. Win or lose against Dustin Poirier, Conor against Jorge Masvidal works! Masvidal is looking for something to do. “
Masvidal, who beat eternal McGregor rival Nate Diaz for the symbolic BMF title in 2019, remains one of MMA’s biggest superstars despite his recent back-to-back UFC welterweight championship defeats.
McGregor vs. Masvidal
McGregor vs Masvidal has been touted as a possibility in the past, but the fight was dismissed by UFC President Dana White because he believes Masvidal is too big for McGregor.
“ The Notorious ” took offense at White’s claim and recently reiterated his desire to return to welterweight.
Sonnen believes McGregor and Masvidal are in the rare position where their recent record in the Octagon does not hamper their pulling power.
“Think about the power of these guys,” Sonnen continued.
“Let’s just say Conor loses to Poirier, so it would be Conor losing two in a row and Conor not winning in a significant amount of time. And if you took the “Cowboy” fight out of it, you go on four or five years, which is a ridiculous length of time.
“Masvidal has lost his last two, including one at the finish. It all sounds like annoyance, but do you know how important business would be?
“You’d have two guys coming out of losses, multiple losses, and they would sell and fill any building. This is the fight!
“If you’re just looking for an obvious, easy-to-tell promotional story, this is the one for you.”
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