Conor McGregor vs Jorge Masvidal – Chael Sonnen Wants a Blockbuster Match-Up for the BMF Title

Published 08/20/2021, 12:57 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 20: MMA fighter Chael Sonnen discusses Bellator MMA at Build Studio on June 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)


Conor McGregor recently took to Twitter signaling a move up to the 170 lbs division of the UFC upon his return to competition. Fans have started to hypothesize a potential fight between him and Kamaru Usman. However, former UFC star, Chael Sonnen believes a fight against Jorge Masvidal is what Conor McGregor should have once he is set to return.

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Masvidal captured the UFC’s BMF belt in 2020 when he stopped Nate Diaz. Sonnen believes that the belt should be defended as well. Masvidal has fought twice since, losing both outings against Kamaru Usman. However, the belt wasn’t on the line on either occasion. ‘The Bad Guy’ believes he needs to put that on the line and McGregor is the most fitting challenger.

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Don’t forget. Masvidal’s got a title right? He is the BMF champion and so many people are choosing to erase that. I was at Madison Square Garden. I watched the rock put that around his waist in front of a sold-out audience. That’s a real belt,” said Sonnen.

I would be demanding if I was Kamaru Usman, I would not have walked out there and put my belt up unless he puts his belt up. What kind of title do you have?” he added further.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Jorge Masvidal celebrates his victory over Nate Diaz (doctor’s stoppage) in their welterweight bout for the BMF title during the UFC 244 event at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

So he becomes the champion, he’s gonna be guaranteed to die. The first-ever champion. Look, if I’m a competitor, I’m going after that thing,” Sonnen added further.

Chael Sonnen believes Jorge Masvidal is a bigger fight for Conor McGregor than Dustin Poirier

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Sonnen believes McGregor had been out of the sport for too long. The likes of Poirier had made the most out of that time and gotten ahead of him.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Dustin Poirier punches Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

First off, you’re making the title fight, you put the BMF strap up and Conor certainly qualifies for that. You get this Poirier talk out of your mouth. It wasn’t it wasn’t the world’s most fun. The first second or third time that it happened. There’s a lot of other big options that make more sense. competitively Dustin Poirier at this point in his career, he just too good,” Sonnen said on the topic.

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What do you make of Sonnen’s recent comments? Is McGregor vs Masvidal the fight to make? Let us know.

 

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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