HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Jorge Masvidal’s immediate objective is very simple. He wants a fight next that puts him in position to challenge again for the UFC welterweight title.
The UFC superstar’s future plans are a bit more complex. And both Jake Paul and Logan Paul are in their sights. Masvidal and Jake Paul had a back-and-forth exchange in interviews and on social media in the lead up to Paul’s boxing match last month with Tyron Woodley.
Masvidal told ESPN in an interview Sunday night that he would be interested in fighting Jake Paul and his older brother Logan in the boxing ring.
“I’m going to hit all the Pauls,” Masvidal said minutes after making an appearance during the All Elite Wrestling “All Out” pay-per-view event. “If they put money in my pocket, that Logan Paul guy, Jake Paul, whoever Paul is, if they put money in my pocket, of course I’d like to break the faces of some Disney characters. I’ve been fighting men who have I’ve been training since I was 7 or 8 years old to do what I want to do to them. Fight against guys like [los Pauls] it’s a bonus, man. “
On “The MMA Hour” last month, Masvidal chose Woodley to knock out Jake Paul in his boxing match. The prediction was not entirely surprising. Masvidal and Woodley represent American Top Team and have the same management company, First Round Management. They have known each other for more than a decade. But Jake Paul did not appreciate Masvidal’s comment because he and Masvidal were friendly before Jake Paul’s boxing match with Ben Askren, who was once knocked out in five seconds by Masvidal.
“Who the hell is this boy Paul?” Masvidal said. “He thinks we’re friends, because I gave him some advice on the Ben Askren fight. Get out of here, bro. I’ll slap you and whoever you want, bro. I’m a fighter. Of course you’re going to to offend”.
Masvidal, the mythical UFC BMF champion, obviously still has a contract with the MMA promotion. But he doesn’t think it’s out of the question for him to move into boxing with the blessing of UFC president Dana White, especially given Jake Paul’s verbal attacks on White and the UFC bosses.
“The UFC would have to free me, but nothing is impossible,” Masvidal said. “Dana doesn’t like those guys and Dana knows I’ll go there and hurt them. Maybe he’ll send the fucking killer.”
Masvidal, 36, is coming off back-to-back losses to Kamaru Usman in fights for the UFC welterweight title. The Miami native said he will meet with UFC executives in Las Vegas in two weeks to decide what’s next for him in the Octagon. Masvidal (35-15) said he still doesn’t care who his next opponent is, be it someone like Leon Edwards or Gilbert Burns, as long as that matchup benefits him in the title image.
“Ideal scenario: I walk into the office and they say, ‘This guy can bring you closer to the title than anyone else,'” Masvidal said. And I say, ‘Give me that guy. . – any opponent, any threat, challenge. Whatever they want to come for me to face, I’m there to do it. “
Masvidal said he is also interested in a rematch of the original BMF fight between him and Nate Diaz in the future. But he’s keeping a close eye on the other Diaz: Nick, who fights Robbie Lawler at UFC 266 on Sept. 25 in Las Vegas. Nick Diaz will fight for the first time since January 2015. But Diaz’s older brother is a genuine star, a former Strikeforce welterweight champion and a former UFC title challenger.
“If Nick looks good and does his job, why not Nick and me?” Masvidal said. “I would love to fight Nick. It’s a classic fight. It’s a fight I’ve always wanted to do since I was in Strikeforce at 155. [libras] and he weighed 170. I was like, ‘Man, that’s a guy who wanted to fight.’ Nothing personal, just for style. The way you leave it all out there. If I have a fight with Nick, it will be a blessing. “
But the top priority right now is not the Pauls or the Diaz brothers. Masvidal is looking for an opponent who will put him back in title challenger status. And he wants Usman to remain the champion, so if he can climb that ladder one more time, he can set up a third fight, he said.
“The title is all I have in mind,” Masvidal said.