Masvidal plans to remain in the UFC and fight the top contenders to earn a world title shot, before switching to boxing where he would be open to “smashing” YouTube star Paul in a lucrative bout
Jorge Masvidal is open to the possibility of a boxing switch to face Jake Paul after he quits the UFC.
The American welterweight’s return to the cage has just been confirmed against leading British contender Leon Edwards at UFC 269.
But he has been called out by Paul frequently, as the YouTube star tries to entice him into a mega-fight in the iron square.
For now Masvidal plans to ignore Paul’s beckoning call, but is open to “smash” Paul after finishing his career in the cage.
“He knows at the end of the day, on a face-to-face, he can’t say any of that,” Masvidal told the MMA Hour. “Unless he has his 50 bodyguards and I’m by myself.
“Because at the end of the day I can always pick this little kid up and slam him through the concrete so hard that he will be invalid for the rest of his life.
“Right now, where I’m at in my career, I’m gonna fight the world’s best fighters in the world. We can both agree that they’re in the f****** UFC. In 170 pounds there’s a lot of good guys and I could f****** beat them.
“And I’m gonna get the most money out of it, my brother. Now when I’m done beating up world-class fighters, if this will still be around, I’ll go and collect a quick pay cheque for hitting him so f****** hard in front of the whole world.
“Those other options will always be there. But right now while I’m in my prime, I gotta do things that people in their prime do and that’s fight the world’s best. He’s not in that conversation or ever will be.”
Paul has previously spoken about his plans to continue to bring UFC stars into boxing in crossover bouts.
And he named former friend Masvidal as one of his potential opponents, on a four-fighter hit-list after his victory over Tyron Woodley.
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But UFC president Dana White has shot down any chance of Masvidal taking any meeting, as he continues his pursuit of reaching the welterweight summit.
Pau did try to persuade White with a two-fight deal for the meeting to happen, but it now appears highly unlikely in the near future.
But the 24-year-old has labelled Masvidal an “airhead” and has insisted his plan remains to lure the UFC star into a war.
Paul also spoke on the MMA Hour : “We’re talking to four different parties, four different fighters, and seeing which one makes the most sense, honestly just from a personal standpoint, I would love for it to be Masvidal.
“Just because of the s*** talk, just because of his name, just because he’s still in his prime era and there’s a lot of personal beef there after I took out his boy Tyron [Woodley].”
And the pair will also fight for higher stakes, after agreeing a $500,000 name-changing bet for Fury if he is defeated by the YouTuber later this year.