‘Triple C’ Henry Cejudo wants to see Conor McGregor step inside the Octagon with Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal when he makes his highly-anticipated return to the UFC.
McGregor has been on the shelf since suffering a devastating leg injury in the opening round of his trilogy bout with rival Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July 2021. Working towards an early 2023 return, fans and fighters are in heavy speculation mode over who will step inside the cage with the Irish superstar.
Rumor to make his own return in the coming year, Henry Cejudo believes the best match-up for Conor McGregor’s triumphant return to competition is none other than Jorge Masvidal.
“This is a good fight for Conor McGregor,” Cejudo said on his YouTube channel. “Why? It’s because there’s really no grappling involved. You want guys that can strike and that want to strike and don’t want to grapple. And plus, Jorge Masvidal he hasn’t won a fight.
“I think he’s on a three-or four-fight losing streak? Something like that? But I think Jorge Masvidal would be the best return for him, 170 pounds. They both have the mouthpiece. Just imagine how many pay-per-views they could sell.”
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) October 6, 2022
Conor McGregor and Jorge Masvidal Are Bonafide PPV Draws Despite Lack of Wins
‘Gamebred’ is currently sitting on a three-fight losing streak with two of those losses coming against former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. In his last appearance at UFC 272, Masvidal suffered a unanimous decision loss to bitter rival Colby Covington. Weeks later, Masvidal would be charged with attacking Covington outside of a Miami steakhouse. Neither has returned to the Octagon since the incident. The trial is tentatively scheduled to begin on December 5th.
Conor McGregor has not faired much better inside the cage as of late, losing three of his last 4, all via submission or knockout. His only win in roughly six years came against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, a fighter who was winless in his final seven bouts before hanging up his hat and gloves.
Despite their lack of victories over recent years, Conor McGregor and Jorge Masvidal are still bonafide stars capable of filling arenas and selling pay-per-views. Both men could sell this fight in their sleep and still secure a million buys from fans around the world. Add in McGregor’s desire to compete at welterweight and the lackluster run of both fighters and you come to one simple conclusion: the fight just makes sense.