Masvidal fell to a disappointing loss to former friend-turned-nemesis Colby Covington on Saturday night at UFC 272.
The loss may have come on points, but the victory was resounding from Covington’s side and never really in doubt. It means that the 37-year-old Masvidal hasn’t won since he beat Darren Till way back in March 2019 and has left UFC President Dana White pondering where he would go next.
“We knew tonight, whoever lost, ‘What would be next?’ and ‘Where would they go?’
“And I don’t know, sitting right here, right now, I don’t know. On either one of them, even Colby, who won.”
Masvidal signed a new contract with the UFC just before the fight, which makes him one of the highest paid athletes in the promotion, and although Dana may not know who he fights next, Paul seems to have a clear option idea in mind.
Paul, 25, tweeted: “We already know Conor can’t finish Diaz. Right fight to make is Masvidoll vs McGregor. 50/50 fight ends in KO.
“Both can throw, and both have weak chins.”
McGregor’s last victory came against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone back in January 2020. Since then, he has gone on to lose twice against Dustin Poirier, the second of which saw him suffered an awful leg break.
Plenty of rumours have been circulating over a potential fight between Paul and both Masvidal and McGregor, but it seems Paul would rather see his potential opponents scrap it out in the Octagon first.
Dana White has been quoted in the past as saying that Masvidal is “too big” for McGregor, given that he fights at around 170 pounds compared to McGregor’s usual weight class of 145-155 pounds.
However, McGregor has fought at welterweight previously, and Masvidal’s manager has dismissed claims of a mismatch:
“I saw McGregor in Dublin. He’s not small. He looks like he walks around at 195-200 pounds jacked.”
And it seems Masvidal would also be game, as when asked about it last month he seemed to relish the thought of taking on the superstar Irishman.
“A lot of people said they would kick my a** and you can find them in the graveyard.
I don’t know what you want me to tell you, but you know what I would do to that fu***** midget.”
Gamebred vs Notorious then?