Conor McGregor probably couldn’t have asked for a better comeback at UFC 246, as the polarizing star needed less than a minute to take out Donald Cerrone. But, as Jorge Masvidal continues to field questions about fighting the former champ, “Gamebred” is reporting he sees a lot of holes in McGregor’s game.
Masvidal sees a many “scenarios” in which to defeat McGregor
If you follow MMA regularly, you know that Masvidal has been pushing for a bout with McGregor for months now. While the latter has said he’s interested in facing Masvidal, and that he wants the BMF title “Gamebred” holds, it’s not clear if the bout will materialize.
But, due to the run Masvidal has been on, and because everyone knows a bout between him and McGregor would be huge, he continues to field questions about the match-up. Case in point, recently Masvidal appeared on “The Rich Eisen Show”, and he was asked about McGregor. While discussing how a bout with the punishing striker might play out, Masvidal said them following (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“If you don’t know too much about fighting, it might sound cocky, but a good football coach that’s seeing openings constantly, he goes, ‘Man, we can run the ball, we can throw it,’ all this craziness,” Masvidal said. “It’s just math to me, man, and when I see Conor, I see a lot of holes from a technical standpoint. (If) I’m a coach and I’m advising my athlete the best way to beat this guy, I see many math scenarios there.”
“I see X’s and O’s, I see the square root of his face times my numbers, I see all these things constantly,” he said. “This is like the only thing I’m a savant at. When it comes to fighting, everybody here has a number on their face, (or) division, multiplication. It’s just something that God gifted me with, so I’m really good at it.”
“Not that his game is not good, because his game is great, but when I do the math and I see the numbers in my head and I see the openings that I can take advantage of – I lean towards me very heavy.”
There you have it. Now, it seems like the consensus is that Masvidal would have the power and size advantage over McGregor. Although, leading up to UFC 246, McGregor looked pretty stacked at 170.
As we’ve seen in many of Masvidal’s fights, his hands are a problem for anyone, including talented strikers. Just ask Darren Till. Many have argued that Masvidal could also mix in some wrestling, which might pose some threats to McGregor as well.
But will it happen?
That’s the big question: will we see Masvidal and McGregor fight? After UFC 246, Dana White said it makes sense to have McGregor wait and face the winner of the April 18th bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. While McGregor has said he doesn’t want to wait out that long, he hasn’t really been campaigning for a bout with Masvidal specifically.