Jorge Masvidal will never say never on UFC return, open to ‘BMF’ title fight vs. Justin Gaethje

Jorge Masvidal is open to reclaiming his “BMF” title.

Masvidal hung up his gloves after a decision loss to Gilbert Burns in his home city of Miami at UFC 287 in April. The inaugural “BMF” champion, Masvidal never defended the title, and the promotion decided to crown a new winner after he hung up his gloves.

Justin Gaethje knocked out Masvidal’s teammate Dustin Poirier to claim the vacant “BMF” belt at UFC 291 in July – and “Gamebred” loves fighting enough he’d consider coming back to challenge Gaethje for the title.

“I think he should defend it against me,” Masvidal told ESPN. “That’s what should happen. If I was to come back to the sport. That’s a big if, but I never knock off coming back to fighting, because I love fighting. I love fighting. It’s my favorite pastime, It’s my favorite sport, it’s my way of life. So, I can never say I’m not going to fight.”

Masvidal praised Gaethje for embodying what it means to be a “BMF.” Whether or not Gaethje decides to defend the belt, Masvidal just hopes that he continues to take on all comers like he’s always done.

“I think Gaethje should just stay active really,” Masvidal continued. “Fight, keep fighting, stay competing, stay fighting the world’s best because that’s what a ‘bad motherf*cker’ is supposed to do: take them all on. I never said I’m not fighting this guy because he’s a high-level grappler or this guy because he’s a f*cking better striker than me.

“They’re all the same to me. Gaethje pretty much has that attitude, that’s why he’s a bad motherf*cker. He’s not ducking nobody. That guy will literally fight anybody. A wrestler, striker, jiu-jitsu guy. He takes them all, and that’s a big requirement.”

Story originally appeared on MMA Junkie