Recently Masvidal was a guest on MMA Junkie Radio, following the news that he’s going to fight Stephen Thompson, November 4th, at UFC 217. Not surprisingly, the welterweight contender was asked to weigh-in on Mayweather – McGregor, and Masvidal was asked if he thinks he’d fair better against “Money”, than the UFC champ (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I think so. I’d be able to box-box. I might not have the greatest power in the world, but I can box, like hit and hit. That’s something I can do very well. I could definitely go 12 (rounds) with Mayweather.”
Now, McGregor boosters likely don’t agree with that statement, but there’s no denying that Masvidal has showcased some nasty hands during his MMA career. Just ask Donald Cerrone. Of course, the chances that Masvidal and Mayweather will ever box, are ridiculously slim to none.
Masvidal will be looking to get back on track at UFC 217, as he’s coming off a split decision loss to Demian Maia. While discussing his defeat to the galaxy class grappler, Masvidal relayed this:
“I wasn’t 100 percent myself that day,” Masvidal said. “I was 100 percent injury-free, but just in certain movements I did, I could have done them better. That’s the only thing I’m regretting.
“We’re going to have a rematch, me and Maia, one way or the other.”
How about that? Since Masvidal and Maia fought, the latter went on to face welterweight champ Tyron Woodley in July, and lost via UD. Could the two meet up again? It’s certainly possible.
Maia aside, it will be interesting to see what goes down in Thompson – Masvidal. If the latter can score an impressive win, he’ll jump right back into the thick of the title shot mix.
UFC 217 will go down at Madison Square Garden in New York City.