Jorge Masvidal open to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov: “If the UFC gives us an offer…”
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Jorge Masvidal? That fight could happen at the right price.
We truly are in the era of superfights. With huge stars like Conor McGregor and Brock Lesnar breaking records and almost existing in a class of their own, to celebrities such as Justin Bieber entertaining the idea of a UFC fight, MMA is more mainstream than ever. The official UFC titles will, however, always be the most coveted, regardless of paycheck. That’s why the idea of BMF title holder Jorge Masvidal and UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov fighting is all the more appealing.
While Masvidal’s BMF title doesn’t make him a divisional champion, it’s still an official UFC title. The idea of them fighting hasn’t been seriously entertained, but it was recently brought up. Masvidal is currently in Australia, and he spoke with Mark Hunt and Tyson Pedro about the potential fight.
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“Yeah, if the UFC gives us an offer [To fight Khabib Nurmagomedov] that I couldn’t refuse,” Jorge Masvidal said on the HalfCast Podcast. “To cut the weight at this point would be horrendous for me. I haven’t made that weight in a while and soon as they took the IV’s out from the UFC I couldn’t no longer make 155-pounds. So, I went up as fast as I could. For me to do that now, I’d have to put myself through so much suffering. At 170 pounds I am already five percent body fat. So, the rest is just straight water, about 18 or 19 pounds is just water.”
Masvidal has competed at lightweight, but most are in agreement that he truly has found his stride at welterweight. While he was certainly competitive at lightweight, he never reached the same success he’s done since switching to welterweight in 2019. He’s lined up three straight T/KO finishes over top-notch competition, and it has been enough to earn himself a shot at welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
Meanwhile, Nurmagomedov faces his toughest test to date, as he takes on unorthodox and unpredictable Tony Ferguson – the only current lightweight to rival tha champs win streak. Both fighters have big fights coming up, but Masvidal has made it clear, at least, that he is open to fighting Nurmagomedov.