Conor McGregor has replied after Jorge Masvidal stated that in a battle between the two, he would "murder" the Irishman.
In a recent interview, Jorge Masvidal called out Conor McGregor while accusing him of using steroids, forcing the former double-champion to respond. Masvidal said of McGregor in an interview with ESPN Deportes that, “He is false. He knows that I am a man who hits hard and that I come to kill. I do not come to hug in the cage. I am going to give everything inside me to kill him. I have a little size, although now he’s shooting up and putting steroids and all kinds of things (in his body), but he is still a little boy. I would love to fight at 170 pounds, but I don’t wait for anyone. If he wants to do it, I’ll break his face. If he doesn’t want to do it, let someone come next.”
McGregor chose to insult Masvidal in a since-deleted social media post rather than openly address Masvidal’s desire in fighting him. Conor McGregor tweeted, “An absolute pigeon brain this guy is. Stupid beyond belief.” Then Masvidal as well retaliated writing, “This pea brain is the biggest fight of your life. So you’re either too scared or too stupid to get this check.”Amidst Masvidal’s curiosity in the fight and efforts to try to get under McGregor’s skin, it’s important to remember that when Dana White was asked about a possible fight between the two a few months ago, he slammed the idea, claiming Masvidal was excessively big for him and that The Notorious didn’t belong at 170 pounds.
McGregor is planning a comeback bout for this autumn and has identified Nate Diaz, Charles Oliveira, and Kamaru Usman as possible opponents. He hasn’t fought since injuring his leg in a trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. Masvidal, on the other hand, has lost two of his previous three fights, including a unanimous decision loss to Colby Covington at UFC 272. Outside of the octagon, he reportedly struck Covington, leading in many criminal accusations. Since then, McGregor has stated that he intends to compete at welterweight after bulking up while recovering from a broken leg, and has even called for an immediate championship chance against current divisional ruler Kamaru Usman.