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Masvidal calls McGregor a ‘f****** G’
Jorge Masvidal has heaped praise on Conor McGregor as rumours of a potential clash continue to circulate.
After destroying Ben Askren at UFC 239, ‘Gamebred’ outlined his intentions to fight for the welterweight title or McGregor.
But UFC president Dana White dismissed the notion, insisting the ‘Notorious’ was too small to go back into the 170-pounds division.
And Masvidal has insisted he wants a fight to happen, but for the right reasons.
“First, let me say whether Conor takes it or not – because people be putting sometimes words in people’s mouths, from my mouth in particular – I got good things to say about Conor,” Masvidal told TMZ Sports.
“He’s done a lot in this sport and he’s made his money already. If he feels he’s not getting the money he deserves to come back, man I’m the first one to applaud him and be like, ‘Do your thing my brother. Go get the money.’
“I always cheer for my MMA brothers and sisters. So if he feels he ain’t getting his money’s worth, I’m not gonna call ever him a p*ssy for that, or nothing like that. Go get your money’s worth. That’s the first thing I want to say.
“The second thing is, if he wants to come back and he wants somebody who’s gonna stand with him and give him the type of fights that he likes, look no further my brother. Let’s not flirt with each other and all this sh*t.
“I’ve got a big buzz going on because I’m known and put people to sleep. You’ve got a huge buzz because you put people to sleep. Let’s do this. That’s it. It has to be no back and forth and all that flirty sh*t like we’re in high school. Let’s just scrap if we’re gonna scrap. If not, NEXT.”
Kamaru Usman is the reigning welterweight champion after dethroning Tyron Woodley, courtesy of a clinical performance earlier this year.
It is thought the winner between Colby Covington and Robbie Lawler this weekend will get the next shot, something Masvidal has no problem.
But the former street fighter will not resort to calling people out on social media to get a fight after back-to-back KO wins, least of all McGregor.
“Believe me, brother, I can talk sh*t with the best of them,” Masvidal said. “I grew up in Miami, Florida.
“Anybody that knows me knows I can talk sh*t for days, but I don’t get paid enough to do it so I’m not gonna be flirting with dudes online. Let’s just fight, what I signed up for, and that’s it. Conor wants the fight, I want the fight, it’ll happen.
“If not, I don’t want anybody putting words in my mouth or nothing like that. The dude is a f*****g G, bro. He did his thing.
“He wants more money and he’s not getting it, who am I to blame him? I would never tell a guy, ‘You’re a b*tch for not taking a fight.’ No, he wants to get paid his money. He deserves it. I’m in the same place right now. I want an upgrade from where I’ve been at.”
Covington tears into Lawler for leaving American Top Team
Colby Covington has ripped into Robbie Lawler for leaving American Top Team over a photo in the gym.
The former teammates face off this weekend at UFC Newark.
Although the gym can lay claim to producing some incredible fighters, ATT had never managed to bring home a world title belt from the UFC.
Lawaler was seen as the best shot and trained alongside Covington ahead of his fight with Johnny Hendricks, the bout which eventually heralded a world title.
But when Lawler was dethroned by Tyron Woodley in 2016, friction apparently emerged when a celebratory picture was put into the ATT gym of Woodley with his belt, a fellow member.
Lawler subsequently departed and Covington has never forgiven the ‘diva’.
“He turned his back on us. After all that, he turned his back on us. He took his ball and he left the yard. It’s sad because he left the yard because of a picture,” Covington said.
“That’s 100 percent true. It’s sad because as much as a silver spoon that Lawler was fed while he was here, he had the most funding that any ATT fighter has ever had in the history of the gym and then to just turn his back on us and leave the gym because of a picture.”
Covington says the difference between him and Lawler is that he let that photo of Woodley motivate him to accomplish greater things so he could join that same wall of champions.
“I worked my hardest next to that picture and then I earned my way the hard way and I got picture right next to it with my belt,” Covington said. “I didn’t care about no picture. No picture was going to deter me from my goals.
“It’s sad that Lawler felt that way but at the end of the day, we found out he’s a little whiner and he’s a complainer and I’m going to handle him accordingly.”
Aalon Cruz scores ridiculous flying knee KO on Contender Series
Aalon Cruz is officially a UFC fighter after signing a contract immediately after his flying knee KO on Dana White’s Contender Series on Tuesday evening.
The Floridian featherweight landed the vicious shot at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas during the third round of his bout with previously unbeaten Steven Nguyen.
With just 24 seconds remaining of the fight, Cruz landed the knee and instantly turned to the watching White. The 50-year-old instantly made a signing motion with his hands and nodded his head.
Check it out below.