Conor McGregor is set to return to UFC action either later this year or early in 2023 – but Jorge Masvidal believes that he is being deliberately ignored as a potential opponent.
Twice a challenger for the UFC Welterweight Championship, Masvidal (35-16) is on the lookout for his next fight having lost twice to Kamaru Usman before defeat against Colby Covington at UFC 272 in March.
Irishman McGregor (22-6) is on a similar run having lost twice to Dustin Poirier following a comeback win over Donald Cerrone in 2020, a victory that came in his third fight at welterweight after bouts with Nate Diaz in 2016.
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"No, Conor doesn’t want the fight,” Masvidal told MMA Fighting this week, going on to say that it would beat the 2,400,000 PPV buys achieved by McGregor's lightweight title bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018.
"If he did he’d post something, he’d say something. He’d probably just insult my mum or some relative of mine or my nation where I come from. He’ll say something like that, but he won’t say anything about a fight or a fight date.
"So, the Conor thing, he just [thinks], 'I hope it goes away,' because he really doesn’t want to fight. He doesn’t mention [me] or say anything.
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"Obviously it’s maybe the biggest pay-per-view fight in history as far as the UFC goes. I think we’d shatter all numbers, all previous records, but for some reason this guy doesn’t want to entertain it."
Concluding: "You’re a f****** p****. We could do it man to man in the cage and just once and for all and get paid a handsome reward while doing it.
"So if this individual doesn’t want to do it, [because] he knows what’s going to happen."
McGregor recently got permission to begin kicking again in training after breaking his leg in his trilogy fight against Poirier, with White feeling positive over his condition.
He said in February: "Day by day, I feel better.
"They’re telling me to just take it easy, but I feel I can go, so I just need to kind of pull the reins back on my own self, so that’s kind of what I’m doing."
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