Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone: Jorge Masvidal makes his prediction for UFC 246 headline fight

Alice Reeves-Turner

Jorge Masvidal has made his prediction for how Conor McGregor’s comeback fight against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone will pan out at UFC 246.

Masvidal and McGregor have been verbally jousting in recent weeks and have called each other out for a huge fight later in the year.

This has led to interest in how the ‘BMF’ (Baddest Motherf*****) title holder sees the scrap between the Irishman and Cerrone going at UFC 246 on January 18.

Masvidal said: “It can go many ways, if (Cerrone) just comes out to fight it out, I see Conor winning within the first two rounds.

“Conor is great off the block. He’s phenomenal off the start. Cowboy is a slow starter.

“Conor has tremendous speed and timing in the beginning, good power, so I think he can catch him early.

“If Cowboy comes out to grapple like he has in the past with decent strikers and even good grapplers like Rick Story, who he was able to take down and create a lot of offense like that… if that Cowboy comes out, he can mix things up real nice.

“And then he can start to flow and get into his game of high kicks and punching and being tricky, like a dual threat to Conor.”

Masvidal faced Cerrone in 2017 and knocked out ‘Cowboy’ in the first round of their meeting.

If McGregor can see off Cerrone then a clash with Masvidal or a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov looks likely to occur.