Jorge Masvidal was a guest recently on “Submission Radio” to discuss his upcoming UFC 217 fight with Stephen Thompson and middleweight champion Michael Bisping.

Here are highlights from the interview:

On not wanting to finish his career without avenging his loss to Demian Maia

“No, I cannot end my career without facing him. There’s no way, no how. It won’t happen, it won’t go down like that in history. I made a couple of early mistakes that cost me several bad positions and I just didn’t fix that one mistake. So if I can keep it, you know, obviously, if I could keep it (standing) a little bit longer instead of two minutes and a half – some of those rounds were three minutes and a half, they were on the feet – if I could keep it just a little bit more, and I’m only talking like a minute more, I could have broken him, I could have stopped him. You know, the legs were devastated. I seen him after, he was limping around. So I know I was on the right plan with my offensive attack, I just need my defence and certain things that I got caught up in just to be a little sharper that night.”

Why he wanted Stephen Thompson next

“The number one thing is he’s the number one contender. He had the draw with the champion and then the decision with the champion that a lot of people felt could have gone the other way. So, in fighting him, destroying a guy like that, you’re only moving forward. There’s other options that came up to me, but I’m like, nah man, I want the toughest, best guy I can possibly get my hands on. I’m not taking a step back, you know? And I’m glad I got Thompson, and plus, this is something that the sport needs. There’s been a lot of weak sauce decisions that people don’t want to see ever again, we’re gonna bring the action. He’s got his style and I got mine and it just spells for action for trouble.”

His advantages over Thompson in the fight

“Well that’s one thing, you know, Thompson can get on his bike and he’s hard to catch, and if he wants to be that guy that night he can be tough, but I got several tricks up my sleeve. At the end of the day, man, I’m a fighter. I’m not a striker, I’m not a grappler, I’m just… I can fight. I’m gonna take the fight, every aspect of fighting I’m gonna bring to him at some point or another, you know? So he’s gonna have to fight. If he chooses it on the feet, he wants to play defensive, well I’m just gonna have to get in his face and do other things that will make him open up.”

How Jorge rates Wonderboy’s striking

“Definitely, his karate I would say is top notch. I’ve seen a lot of other guys’ karate and it’s not the best. This guy has seriously polished up his tools. There’s little things, there’s just the little things that make the difference between where he’s at now and some guys at a regional show that can’t make that bridge and that’s little things that he does. In his way of doing karate, it’s karate but it’s not pure karate. He has the little twists and turns in everything that he does and the way he chambers his kicks and he keeps his offense going. But you’re gonna see when he gets in there with another polished striker like myself that’s not going to take a step back, that’s not going to pitter-patter with him or try and go to a point-fighting match, it’s going to get ugly real quick because he’s going to have to fight in all the ranges, and I can fight in all the ranges. I can fight in the pocket, I can fight chest to chest, I can fight on the outside, I can pick him up and put him on his head and make his life hell for 15 minutes. So he’s going to have to fight, man. He can do whatever the fuck he wants to do and I really never concerned myself with people’s strategies, I just know that I’m gonna get all up in that ass, man. I’ma hurt this dude.”

The meaning behind his new hashtag, #HoSlapSeason

“What it means exactly is hoes are getting slapped, man. I’m not talking about the female ones. I’m not talking about the female ones because all the princesses out in the world, I love them, I’m not slapping no women. It’s just certain dudes are getting slapped up, man. Especially the ones that be acting like hoes.”

Who Jorge is talking about and who the hoes are in the UFC

“Oh man, I don’t think we got enough time in this interview to go over that. In my sport, there’s a lot of them. I’ll tell you one of them, that Bitchping Michael, whatever, The Count, you know, he’s a little bitch, he needs to get slapped up, man. He needs to fucking man up for this shit that he did, you know? Ripping my country’s flag for no reason and then saying corny ass shit like, “well, the flag just happen to be there”. My ass! You put that shit in your pocket and you probably brought it in. He’s such a corny dude. He does corny things like that like, like to another man that’s just finished fighting, you know, that nothing can happen. There’s more security in there than in the White House and you’re acting crazy like that? That’s not man shit. I would respect him if he did that on the solo, like in front of Yoel or in front of me or anybody that reps that country and did things like that. I mean, he’s just a hoe, man, since even before that, spitting on people’s corners. Who are you? Why would you do that? Maybe in England spitting on people is like acceptable, I don’t know, but here in America you get killed for shit like that. You know? You don’t spit on people, especially people’s corners. So I just think that’s the number one hoe I gotta slap, man. And if god is with me and I get to get this title, I’m gonna break this dude’s face one way or the other. You know, I just gotta get in there and show the world what a hoe he is.”

If Jorge expects anything to happen if they run into each other at UFC 217

“I’m not saying that I’ll do it for free, because you never do nothing you’re good at for free, but I will fight that guy for like fucken, I don’t know, take me to a McDonalds and let me pig out and I’m fighting that guy. Just buy me a fucking dinner and I’ll break that guy’s face.”

If Jorge’s expecting to have tense moments around UFC 217 fight week seeing as they’re both on the card

“I’m just expecting his pity fits. You know, that dude is a child. I’ve seen him in Vegas, the first time I’ve seen him actually in all of my life, and it was after he said all types of craziness on social media and telling me something (like) “if he ever saw me”. So, I happened to be walking out of my hotel elevator and he’s getting out of a cab stumbling drunk, and this is like eight in the morning, and I see him and I just start staring at him and we were in the same line of path trajectory. He went completely the other side and just not focused on me, didn’t look at me, nothing. I look at him and I go, “Bisping, what’s up?” you know and I raise my hands up to see what his thought process is, what he’s thinking. And the whole UFC PR was in there and they was dying laughing because he threw up the cowabunga sign, just walked away and got in the elevator. And since then I knew he was a little hoe. I already knew before, but that like extra clarified it for me. So I’m sure he’s gonna try and get at me in New York or something, but he knows who I am and I know he who is, man. He’s just gonna do craziness when the cameras are around, but if it’s just me and that guy, like let’s say we’re in a parking lot and he was trying to take my parking spot, it wouldn’t happen.”

Why GSP decided to fight Bisping rather than return to his weight class and fight Woodley instead

“(Because) Bisping’s a bitch, man! That’s the easiest money on the fucking UFC roster. If you’re near that guy’s weight, we all want fight that guy, man. All fighters think that, “man, if I can pick anybody in the roster to just fight and guarantee my money, it’s Bisping, man”. Of course he wants to fight Bisping, man. He got his ass kicked by Dan Henderson. Dan Henderson is a legend and one of my favourite fighters, but man, that dude is way past his prime, man. He was like, how old was he? 45 years old? Dan Henderson in shape, or even Dan in the beginning, “Decision Dan”, do you guys remember that guy? Back in the day before he started knocking people out he was just taking everybody down and smothering. That guy would have killed Bisping too. And it’s just crazy that he had to fight Dan Henderson at 45 and he still got his ass kicked, you know what I’m saying? And he’s not even a man about it, like, “yeah, I lost this fight, whatever,” he’s a little bitch about it.”

What a win over Thompson does for Jorge and if he thinks he earns the next title shot

“Damn right. I mean, that’s the number one (ranked fighter), draw with the champion. Those are just facts. Like, there’s nobody closer to the title than Thompson. Like, if Woodley vacated the title or something, Thompson and me would be the guys fighting for the title because Thompson’s the highest ranked dude you could think of.”

If Jorge is concerned that after the Bisping fight GSP jumps the cue and fights for the welterweight title

“I wish. I would love to shut his (GSP’s) mouth, like wired shut for six months. I hope he comes to welterweight. I don’t think he should get another free pass because he already jumped the whole 185 line, why should he get another pass at 170? So I don’t see that happening, but you never know with the UFC. Maybe it happens and maybe it doesn’t, but as long as I get my fair chance to bust that guy up I would love it.”

If Jorge is impressed with Rafael dos Anjos’ current run at 170 and sees him as competition for title contention

“I’m gonna say straight honestly from my heart, at 155 I was very impressed by a lot of the guys that he beat and the way that he beat them. At 170 – I haven’t seen the Magny fight, but Magny is nobody to brag about, that’s why I wanted to get my hands on that dude because that’s number two after Bisping the easiest fight. And Tarec Saffiedine, I think USADA’s hurt that guy a lot, you know? So at welterweight though, he’s looking good. I don’t think he’s gotten like a real test yet at 170. I think he’s going to get a real test in Robbie right now. That’s gonna be the breaking ground, if he can beat Robbie then he’s a problem.”

Prediction for how he beats Stephen Thompson at UFC 217

“I stop him, and bad. Like, how people feel bad for Cowboy, like that, similar to that route. Like man, you just feel bad for Wonderboy and you’re like, you know what, maybe it was unfair for the commission to make that fight happen.”