Jorge Masvidal is enjoying his role as an MMA executive, but he isn't done with his days as a competitor just yet.
"Gamebred" is currently in Georgia to help promote his organization, iKON FC, which is hosting an event on Aug. 5 that streams live on UFC Fight Pass from the Savannah Convention Center, but he's also looking to book a fight for himself in the very near future, as well.
"I wish I could give you an exact date on the calendar," Masvidal told MMA Underground. "As you know, I've got some, like, legal issues, so some things are out of my hand, out of my control. I've just got to figure out some things, let let some things pass, get all my ducks in a row, and then come up with an official date."
Masvidal (35-16 MMA, 12-9 UFC) is currently facing charges stemming from an alleged attack on rival UFC welterweight Colby Covington outside a restaurant in Miami earlier this year. Masvidal clarified that there aren't currently any orders barring him from booking his return fight in the meantime but hinted he'd prefer to have some resolution before stepping in the octagon again.
"Can I fight while it's going on? Yeah," Masvidal said. "It's not like they put a mandate on me that I can't fight, but just there's certain things that would be better if they were done already, if we just kind of had more of a clearer picture – you know, not that it's completely done, because the defendant, the snitch-ass defendant, Colby Covington, he's trying to make my life hell, man, so I've got to do things right and get back in there when I may."
When that day comes, Masvidal says his first preference is a shot at fellow superstar Conor McGregor, a matchup that most certainly deliver big at the box office and on pay-per-view given the rabid fanbases supporting both fighters.
"I don't want to promise the fans – usually I'm pretty on point," Masvidal said. "I say I'm going to be around this date, and I end up coming through on that date. I don't want to say that right now because some things are just out of my hands. I'm just sitting back. Let the chips fall where they may, my brother, but I wouldn't mind breaking somebody's face. You might have heard of his name. He sells that cheap ass whiskey. He punches old people in bars. I want to f-ck this guy up – and also, it's a big old paycheck."
McGregor (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) hasn't competed since this past July's UFC 264, where a broken leg ended his night against Dustin Poirier. The former two-division UFC champion has been on the mend since, though he did recently post footage of himself kicking a bag with the injured limbs, perhaps indicating he's nearing a return.
Timing between both men's schedules outside of the cage will dictate whether or not they meet inside of it, but Masvidal said he sees other potential options, as well.
"If I couldn't get Conor, obviously, because he's the biggest paycheck there, Gilbert Burns is another fight that I would love," Masvidal said. "I remember I was there when he pretty much turned that corner. I was there in China when Gilbert was fighting this Russian dude. Gilbert at '55 wasn't spectacular. He was cutting way too much weight, didn't have the power, the speed that he has now, which is actually funny right? You go up in weight, you get more speed, more power, but that's just what he did.
"Since then, he turned the corner, fought for the world title, has beaten ex-world champions, numerous great contenders, so Gilbert's a fight that stylistically, I want to do it because I know the fans are just going to go nuts. If anybody that knows Gilbert and knows me knows, man, that's going to be fireworks. Wherever the fight goes, the floor, the the standup, it doesn't matter. It's going to be f-cking fireworks."
The 37-year-old Masvidal also isn't ruling himself out of one more shot at the UFC welterweight title, either. The "BMF" champ came up short in a pair of title fights against reigning champion Kamaru Usman, but Masvidal believes he still belongs in the discussion of the top contenders in the division – and if Leon Edwards is able to pull of an upset against Usman in their UFC 278 clash in August, well then "Gamebred" sees an open invitation to face the man he infamously delivered a "three piece with a soda" in a 2019 backstage encounter in London.
"I would love to break his face again in England," Masvidal said. "I feel like I'm an English dude at times, man, when I'm over, like, 'Am I English or something?' because these people love the fight, love to have a good old time man."
So Masvidal will have to be content for now with his role at iKON FC, though he's also captaining a team representing the organization on July 3 at the UFC Fight Pass Invitational, a grappling competition that also streams live on UFC Fight Pass. But once his situation is resolved, Masvidal has a few high-profile targets in his sights – including another encounter with Covington, as well.
"Hopefully after all this is done, go beat Conor's ass, go beat somebody else's ass, then I'm f-cking that dude up again – but in the cage," Masvidal said.
Check out the full interview in the video above.