Joe Rogan gave his thoughts on a potential welterweight matchup between the former lightweight champion Conor McGregor and Jorge Masvidal.
Masvidal has certainly taken to his time in the welterweight division with a level of finesse and consistency that was perhaps lacking during his time as a lightweight.
Knocking out the formerly-unbeaten Ben Askren with the fastest KO in the history of the UFC was a feather in his cap that he will no doubt have a tough time following up but in recent times, the idea of a matchup between him and the sport’s biggest star Conor McGregor have been doing the rounds.
Speaking during a recent episode of his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, UFC colour-commentator Rogan gave his thoughts on a showdown between Masvidal and McGregor.
“That’s a rough fight for Conor. Masvidal is a big fella too. He really belongs at 170 [pounds], that’s where he’s fighting. He fought at 155, but really tortured himself to make that weight.
“He’s a big guy. You’re talking about a guy that knocked out ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, knocked out Darren Till, knocked out Ben Askren. I mean, he’s knocking out big welterweights — big. Darren Till is a big welterweight.
“He’s big. He’s not a guy coming up from 155 pounds. He’s never making 155 pounds.
“In the last few fights, [Masvidal] is coming into his own, really becoming something special.”
Masvidal’s stock has well and truly went through the roof since his five-second destruction of Ben Askren and while McGregor seems to have only lightweight in his future, Gamebred, at this point, would certainly satisfy the Irishman’s preference for big-money fights.
Whether it happens or not is difficult to know but with Conor angling towards a return at some point later this year, Masvidal could well find himself in a position to engage in the biggest fight of his career to date.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena