UFC President Dana White has responded to speak of a possible tremendous struggle between UFC stars Jorge Masvidal and Conor McGregor.
Masvidal fought at UFC 251 final weekend, taking over UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman on simply six days’ discover. Whereas Masvidal put up forth valiant effort, he wound up shedding the struggle by unanimous determination.
Regardless of the loss, Masvidal’s inventory doesn’t appear to have dropped in any respect. In actual fact, after UFC 251 reportedly offered 1.three million pay-per-views, he’s being touted as one of many largest stars within the promotion’s historical past.
Within the wake of UFC 251, there’s been a lot hypothesis as to what’s going to come subsequent for Masvidal, with a Kamaru Usman rematch being one possibility, and fights with the likes of Leon Edwards and Colby Covington additionally being mentioned.
Maybe probably the most compelling possibility of all, nevertheless, is a struggle with former two-division UFC champ Conor McGregor, far and away the most important star in MMA historical past.
Whereas McGregor has realized his finest success within the featherweight and light-weight divisions, he’s competed thrice in Masvidal’s welterweight division. That features his most up-to-date contest, a 40-second execution over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
Talking to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports activities, Dana White addressed the fan urge for food for a Jorge Masvidal vs. Conor McGregor struggle. The UFC boss reminded that McGregor is presently retired. Whereas many followers and pundits doubt the Irishman’s retirement will final, White, a minimum of in the mean time, appears to contemplate the Irishman’s retirement everlasting.
“Conor McGregor’s retired,” White mentioned.
White was then requested whether or not McGregor remains to be in the US Anti-Doping Company testing pool, which might seemingly suggest he’s preserving the door open for a comeback with any person like Masvidal. White conceded that McGregor might be nonetheless within the testing pool, however downplayed the importance of that reality.
“In all probability,” White mentioned. “However folks have retired and stayed within the testing pool. It has occurred earlier than. After which they get uninterested in it and bail out of it.”
Do you suppose Dana White ought to guide a struggle between Conor McGregor and Jorge Masvidal?