Michael Bisping is booked to fight Kelvin Gastelum on Saturday, but if the latter has to withdraw for some reason, Jorge Masvidal says he’ll be ready. In fact, Masvidal’s reporting he’ll be ready to throw hands with Bisping in Shanghai this weekend, London in March, or any other place for that matter…
If you followed the lead-up to UFC 217, then you know Bisping and Masvidal had a couple of heated, verbal exchanges. Well, clearly Masvidal has no intention of squashing his beef with the former middleweight champ, as the welterweight said this recently, at a press conference in Shanghai (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“Yeah, I would go up in a heartbeat,” Masvidal said, while sharing the fact he’d be ready to step up as a replacement for Gastelum on Saturday. “I didn’t want to be on a long flight, but when I heard Bisping was taking the fight, I said, ‘For sure take me to China just in case Gastelum does’t make over there.’
“But I don’t like the dude, so I’ll fight him at any weight class, any weight – doesn’t matter.”
Now, chances are that Gastelum will end up fighting Bisping on November 25th as scheduled (knock on wood). After it was announced that Bisping had accepted the short notice bout with Gastelum, following his loss to Georges St-Pierre, the British star said he will not retire if he loses at UFC Fight Night 122. But, Bisping also said that he would like to fight at the UFC’s March 17th card in London, England, and then hang up the gloves.
So would Masvidal be interested in fighting Bisping in his retirement fight? In his native England?
“I already made it clear: I’ll fight that guy anywhere, bro,” he said. “I’m not going to say I’d do it for free because then the UFC might not pay me, but I’d fight him anywhere.”
Fair enough. Would the UFC be on board with Masvidal moving up to fight Bisping? A former lightweight? Maybe. It’s certainly an intriguing fight with an interesting backstory to it.
Masvidal also fought at UFC 217, and lost via decision to Stephen Thompson.