Jorge Masvidal does not like Michael Bisping. Like, at all. It’s not just the trash talk that gets under Masvidal’s skin, whatever bad feelings he may have had toward the former UFC middleweight champion were magnified tenfold after Bisping desecrated the Cuban flag cageside. Combined with his friendship with Yoel Romero, this makes any situation volatile, as we saw when the two nearly came to blows recently. It’s all those reasons why Masvidal is willing to fight Bisping as a replacement if somehow Kelvin Gastelum can’t make it.
“I think if Kelvin Gastelum doesn’t make weight, I’ll step right in. That’s what I like to do. I like to fight, so if that happens, if you know, I’m going to be praying that Gastelum eats too much dessert or something. I think [Michael] Bisping will win. Even though I don’t like him too much as a person, I think Bisping will win. Me personally, I just don’t like Bisping because we’ve had problems in real life, I just don’t like. If I could fight him in the Whole Foods parking lot I would. Any Aussie super market. I would fight that guy for a parking spot, that’s how much I don’t like him.” — Jorge Masvidal speaking at the UFC Sydney Q & A.
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) July 17, 2017
Just like a Boy Scout, an MMA fighter must always be prepared. After all, Gastelum was originally slated to fight Anderson Silva, but he was pulled from the event after being flagged by USADA. Jorge Masvidal and Michael Bisping are in different weight classes, but that didn’t stop them from fighting in public so it sure isn’t going to stop Masvidal from potentially fighting him inside the Octagon.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 11/18/2017.