Few days ago, #9 ranked welterweight contender, Jorge ‘Gambred’ Masvidal expressed frustration of not getting on opponent to sign the dotted line. An opportunity has now opened as contender Leon Edwards called out Masvidal after his big victory against Donald Cerrone, and Masvidal looks to grab it right away.
“(Expletive) people are always calling me out,” Masvidal (32-13 MMA, 9-6 UFC) today told MMAjunkie. “I don’t give two (expletive) who calls me out. I just want a big fight.
“If Leon is the biggest fight that I can get my hands on, meaning the biggest name and biggest ranking, then that’s who it is.”
Although Masvidal said he will prefer a top 10 opponent, however circumstances might not allow him his demand.
“It doesn’t really matter, because everybody seems to be matched up and locked up,” he said. “So maybe it’s Leon Edwards, and maybe it’s not. It depends on the timing.”
“The bigger the names, the better,” he said. “At this stage in my career, I only want top-10 guys, or the closest thing to get me to the title. I don’t think Leon Edwards is quite there, but it’s a fight, and it’s competition. The guy’s obviously skilled and on a big win streak, so it would be awesome to get the fight.
“I don’t see (Neil) Magny, No. 7 or whatever the (expletive) (expletive) ranking he has behind him, I don’t see him stepping in any time soon, so I’m not going to keep waiting for fantasy matchups that are never going to happen. So if it’s Leon Edwards, Leon Edwards it is.”
Masvidal said he will be ready to fight in September and expects Edwards to agree with his schedule.
“(Darren) Till is waiting for a title shot. Rafael dos Anjos might be fighting (Kamaru) Usman, and Usman thinks he deserves a title shot, as well. Magny’s just a (expletive). (Demian) Maia doesn’t seem like he wants to fight anymore; I was trying to get a rematch with him or (Stephen) Thompson, and Thompson’s hurt. Santiago Ponzinibbio’s also hurt, but he’s also my teammate, so I’m not trying to fight the guy. All the other top-10 guys are locked up. So whoever I can get my hands on, let’s go.”
“If that’s the hardest, toughest fight I can get my hands on, I’m as happy as can be,” he said.