Masvidal wasn’t initially jazzed about a nearly daylong flight to China, but when the UFC headed to Shanghai – with late replacement Bisping in the headliner – “Gamebred” couldn’t say no.
After all, there’s an ever-so-slight chance it could lead to an actual fight with Bisping – in the octagon, anyway, if Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) is forced out of the UFC Fight Night 122 headliner against Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC)
“Yeah, I would go up in a heartbeat,” Masvidal (32-13 MMA, 9-6 UFC), who’s No. 12 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, today said. “I didn’t want to be on a long flight, but when I heard Bisping was taking the fight, I said, ‘For sure take me to China just in case Gastelum does’t make over there.’
“But I don’t like the dude, so I’ll fight him at any weight class, any weight – doesn’t matter.”
During UFC 217 fight week earlier this month, Masvidal and Bisping had a few well-documented run-ins following a seemingly innocent Twitter beef. But tempers flared when the vets crossed paths in real life, and it’s apparently arrived in Shanghai, which hosts Saturday’s UFC Fight Pass-streamed UFC Fight Night 122 event at Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Masvidal, who’s in China as a guest fighter for public-relations and fan events, crossed paths with former middleweight champ Bisping, who recently replaced Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night 122, on his way to a fighter Q&A event.
“Actually, just as I was heading over here, I saw him – f*cking what’s his face,” Masvidal said of Bisping. “But I can’t stand the dude.
“He started saying, ‘shame, shame, shame.’ And he’s with his wife or his kids, or some type of girls are with him. I don’t want to make a scene in front of them, but he’s just a coward. As long as (media events are) happening, he’s going to talk, and he’s going to do sh*t. But if it’s just me and him, and we go somewhere to talk, he’s not going to do that.”
Masvidal, who previously competed at lightweight before a somewhat permanent move to welterweight in 2015, said he’s willing to move up another weight class for a fight with Bisping. So far, it looks like Gastelum, who’s struggled with past weight cuts, is good to go for Saturday. That means a late-notice slot for Masvidal is looking less and less likely. However, if Bisping is game and still wants to retire after UFC Fight Night 127, which takes place in March 2018 in “The Count’s” native England, Masvidal is willing to be his final opponent.
“I already made it clear: I’ll fight that guy anywhere, bro,” he said. “I’m not going to say I’d do it for free because then the UFC might not pay me, but I’d fight him anywhere.
“For him, it’s whatever, whenever. I dislike the guy genuinely.”view original article >>