Image source: Jorge Masvidal Instagram (@gamebredfighter)
With a long layoff in UFC content, the return of Conor McGregor and the opening of a new decade in the UFC the anticipation for next weekends main event has been building rapidly and predictions have been coming in.
Last week we saw the greatest welterweight of all time, Georges St-Pierre, give his prediction for the bout saying that if it’s a quick fight then Conor takes it but if it goes the distance then Donald Cerrone takes it. However, the hottest welterweight heading into the new decade, Jorge Masvidal, has also given his opinion when speaking to the guys at Submission Radio.
“Conor’s amazing off the blocks, I think he’s got great timing. While guys are getting their timing, Conor’s already coming in with the timing. He already has their timing by the time you go to your timing. Good power, good confidence in it. I would rank Conor one of the better starters of the sport. Donald, on the other hand, is more of a rhythm fighter. He takes a little bit to work at it. He puts his feints together, his movements, starts gauging speeds, see how fast, how strong they’re throwing.
So, he works on that, and he’s like a rhythm fighter. So, with time he does a little bit better, and I think he’s got a little bit better endurance than Conor as well. So, if Cowboy comes out and he’s like a dual threat, it becomes more of a problem; then I start to lean more to Cowboy. If he just comes out flatfooted and he’s in front of Conor, I heavily go towards Conor, man.”
A very similar analysis to St-Pierre with the assumption that Cerrone needs to utilise more aspects of MMA than just striking and needs to drag the fight into deep waters in order to get the job done. Masvidal does appear to lean more towards McGregor though and states that it is a bad stylistic matchup for Cerrone.
“It’s just tailor-made for Conor. Flatfooted, right-handed fighter is just custom made for a southpaw with a decent left hand. So, it can be interesting, because even in that mayhem Cowboy can land the knee; he could land the kick. He’s the bigger guy. But I think it really depends on Cowboy, what kind of strategy he comes out with.”
Finally, Masvidal doesn’t believe that McGregor will fight him after the bout, and he will head in a different direction. However, if the McGregor fight doesn’t materialise for Masvidal then he will be looking to take on current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
“I don’t know if Conor wins it means that he fights me, I really don’t know that. I don’t think so. From watching interviews, hearing things, I don’t think so, man. I think buddy goes a different path, man.
Maybe I’m just looking into the future. But I don’t think so. I think I’m gonna end up making owl soup at some point this year.”