THURSDAY NEWS DIGEST 3/28: Jorge Masvidal on ‘little sluts’ Leon Edwards and Ben Askren, GSP still training, and more

By Cole Henry, MMATorch Contributor

Mar 16, 2019; London, UK; Jorge Masvidal (blue gloves) celebrates after defeating Darren Till (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

Jorge Masvidal comments on potential challengers

Just a few weeks ago Jorge Masvidal was on a two-fight losing streak and hardly the topic of conversation for most fans. But here we are today, and he is coming off a KO win over the highly touted Darren Till and suddenly everybody wants to fight him. It seems likely though that his next opponent will be either Leon Edwards or Ben Askren. According to Masvidal’s Instagram, he already has a lot of thoughts about both men…

“Hello everybody, I’m back stateside, enjoying my little vacation. And I’m coming back and man, I’ve got so much groupie love. I can’t believe it,” Masvidal said. “I got these two little sluts, you might know ‘em or you might not. One’s from England, one’s from some suburb where it’s — I don’t know, I don’t give a f*ck — calling me out. One’s not in the top-10 and the other that is, hasn’t got a victory in the UFC. Didn’t make the dude tap — Robbie Lawler — and didn’t put him to sleep, but you think you have a win in the UFC. Who are you fooling?

“You can fool the crowd, but you can’t fool me, playboy. Because when I seen you in the hotel, what did you do? You ran away like a little bitch when I tried to talk to you. And you were, ‘Aw, I wish you good luck, and we’ll talk after your fight,’ and I was pretty ready to slap you up if you said anything disrespectful. Thank goodness you didn’t. And you walked away. So, what do I care to fight you or the other guy? I’ll let my management decide. You keep hitting me up all you want though, your little sluts, you know? If I see you in the street and you talking though… “

Askren responded, denying that he “ran” from Masvidal, and urged that he sign the contract so that the two can compete inside the octagon.

Analysis: Masvidal is certainly enjoying his shine here but he really doesn’t seem like he wants to fight Ben Askren. He isn’t the commission, or a ref, or a judge or anything like that so when he tells Askren he needs to pick up a win first it just seems like diversion tactics. The bottom line is that these men are pro fighters and Askren seems happy to test himself in that capacity against Masvidal. The Edwards fight seems less and less likely with each passing day, but he remains a good challenger for Masvidal and the two will have heat to build off if they ever do meet. But Askren vs. Masvidal seems like the fight to make, and hopefully, this is just gamesmanship on Masvidal’s part because the lead up to the fight between these two would probably be a lot of fun.

Georges St Pierre: Old Habits die hard

Georges St-Pierre does what he wants to do and that’s clear. Despite recently retiring from his hall of fame MMA career, it does not seem that GSP intends to get lazy. In fact, his training partner and former UFC contender, Rory McDonald claims that not much has changed at all.

“He’s still training, he’s still improving. He’s living life, he’s good, but he’s doing all the same hard training,” the Tristar staple told TSN (via Bloody Elbow). Like, I’m training hard for a fight and I’ll show up at the track to do sprints, and he shows up half an hour later to do his work. So, it’s like, the guy doesn’t slow down. He’s programmed for physical improvement. He’s still gaining. Even though he’s got no competition to look forward to, he’s working hard.”

Some people will view this as evidence that GSP will return to the cage someday and while that will remain a rumor as long as he is young enough, it is more likely that he is continuing to train simply because its something he is good at and something that he enjoys doing.

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