JORGE MASVIDAL has a master plan to rematch Nate Diaz, fight Conor McGregor and challenge for the UFC welterweight title in 2020.
The 34-year-old fan-favourite beat Diaz in the UFC 244 main-event in New York after his battered opponent was pulled out by the octagon-side doctor due to a horror eye cut.
Masvidal, 34, insisted he wants to rematch the Stockton veteran, and promised to ‘f*** up little dude’ McGregor.
The Miami striker has also been named as the No1 contender for the welterweight belt, which Kamaru Usman will defend against Masvidal’s American Top Team colleague and now rival Colby Covington.
And his trainer Mike Brown revealed McGregor and Diaz, as well as a UFC title bout “makes sense” for 2019’s standout performer.
Brown told SunSport: “I’d like the Diaz rematch, I like Conor and then a title fight – I like all three fights.
“They all make sense, in whatever order, I just don’t particularly like Colby vs Jorge, I don’t want two ATT fighters – but it’s a good problem to have.
“He’ll fight Nate again, whether it’s next or not that’s down to his management.”
Masvidal pocketed a career high £388,000 purse for his win over Diaz, that also saw him crowned with the “Baddest Mother F***er” in the UFC belt.
Promoter Dana White insisted the specially made up title would only be contested for once.
But having seen the fanfare created at UFC 244, Brown predicts the £38,000 strap will be defended again, with the traditional title not the only golden ticket anymore.
He said: “They said it was a one-time thing but I wouldn’t be surprised if they brought it back in, everything is day to day with the UFC operation.
“It was pretty well received and I can see them using it again.
“There used to be a time the title fight brought the most money, but that’s not necessarily true anymore.
“And at the end of the day Jorge will fight what brings him the most money.
“The titles have lost prestige in a way and at the end of the day he’s a professional fighter fighting for the most money.”
When Irish star McGregor announced his comeback in 2020, he demanded the winner between Masvidal and Diaz.
But with Diaz posting a cryptic social media post suggesting he will walk away from the sport, it leaves the current BMF champion clear to face the Irishman.
But Brown reckons his star pupil will be too strong for and technical The Notorious, and could be the first man to KO the 31-year-old southpaw.
The ATT trainer said: “He’s definitely bigger than Conor, but he’s just much more well rounded.
“Jorge has knocked out many good strikers, you saw what he did against Cowboy (Cerrone), and (Darren) Till, and he could be that guy to stop Conor.
“But the more Conor gets hit the more he fatigues and then he shoots in and starts grappling.
“Jorge has maybe the highest fight IQ in the game, and that’s what makes him so special.”