All the way back in early 2020, Conor McGregor made the move back up to welterweight for a blockbuster main event against Donald Cerrone at UFC 246. It didn’t take long for the Irishman to put ‘Cowboy’ away, with arguably the most notable moment of the evening coming when the camera panned to Jorge Masvidal during McGregor’s post-fight interview.
Masvidal, donning a Versace robe, smiled as the victor went on a rant about who his next opponent would be – potentially planting the seed for an impending collision.
It never came to be but if we fast forward to the present day, it could make more sense than ever before for the UFC to make it happen.
Sonnen, who has been a fan of this idea for quite some time, used the UFC 272 post-fight show as a way to pitch the match-up to the masses.
The Conor McGregor effect
“Jorge Masvidal is the second biggest draw in this sport, Jorge Masvidal is the BMF champion, Jorge Masvidal just signed a new contract. That means one thing – his next fight is going to be a main event. He had better get used to five rounds, because he doesn’t particularly love them.
“He’s got unfinished business with Leon Edwards who is possibly tied up for a championship fight himself, but I gotta remind you, the entire reason Conor McGregor did the 170 pound experiment is because Dana White said ‘Jorge Masvidal is too big’. Conor does not agree. That fight can happen.”
McGregor is still recovering from a broken leg suffered last summer whereas Masvidal’s UFC 272 main event turned into a nightmare when he was comprehensively beaten by rival Colby Covington. It may not do as many buys as it would’ve done in 2020, but there’s still an appetite amongst the fanbase to see what this clash of styles would look like.
Both men need a win and as the two biggest names in the company, Dana White would be crazy not to consider it.