Conor McGregor is keeping a watchful eye on the upcoming UFC 244 main event where his former foe Nate Diaz battles Jorge Masvidal to crown the first ever “baddest motherf*cker” in the game with a $50,000 title being awarded to the winner.
Never one to shy away from the spotlight despite not being directly involved with the fight, the former two-division UFC champion now claims that he’s actually responsible for the “BMF” title that’s being introduced on Nov. 2 in New York.
McGregor, who hasn’t fought since October 2018, took aim at the new belt and the two fighters involved in the UFC 244 main event when appearing at a press conference in Russia this week where his Proper No. 12 whiskey was released in the country.
“I designed that ‘bad motherf*cker’ belt. I actually designed that, I signed off on the design of how they are creating that belt,” McGregor claimed. “So most certainly, that belt was brought into fruition, brought to life by me, the real bad motherf*cker.
“Most certainly, one of those men is on my radar.”
While McGregor may not have actually had a hand in making the “BMF” title, there may be real interest in the Irish superstar squaring off against the winner in 2020.
McGregor has a long history with Diaz after they split a pair of fights in 2016. He was submitted in the second round by Diaz in their first fight before McGregor avenged his defeat with a majority decision win in the rematch five months later.
The possibility of facing Masvidal has also been mentioned, although UFC president Dana White claimed the former lightweight turned welterweight was too big for McGregor—which almost certainly guaranteed “The Notorious” would then get interested in that matchup.
As much as a potential fight against Masvidal might lure McGregor back to the Octagon, he actually believes it’s Diaz who will leave UFC 244 as the winner and perhaps the trilogy between them could headline a card in 2020.
“I think Diaz beats him,” McGregor said when asked for a prediction. “He’s got crisper boxing, way more experience. I think Masvidal’s had a good run, he’s had a two fight win streak. The game is very forgetful I believe, our sport is, I think Diaz has enough in him to do it.
“I think he’s in a better space. You’ve got to factor that in, what kind of space is the fighter in because everyone’s the best on their day. I think Diaz beats him.”