Jorge Masvidal has drastically changed his tune on Conor McGregor amid a potential UFC bout.
Masvidal called out McGregor following his destructive knockout victory over Ben Askren at UFC 239.
The veteran welterweight wanted to "break his face" for an "easy paycheck". But the American Top Team-trained fighter has now surprisingly praised the Irishman in a sensational U-turn.
"First, let me say whether Conor takes it or not - because people be putting sometimes words in people's mouths, from my mouth in particular - I got good things to say about Conor," he said about McGregor.
"He's done a lot in this sport and he's made his money already. If he feels he's not getting the money he deserves to come back, man I'm the first one to applaud him and be like, 'Do your thing my brother. Go get the money.'
"I always cheer for my MMA brothers and sisters. So if he feels he ain't getting his money's worth, I'm not gonna call ever him a p*ssy for that, or nothing like that. Go get your money's worth. That's the first thing I want to say."
Masvidal added: "Believe me, brother, I can talk sh*t with the best of them.
"I grew up in Miami, Florida. Anybody that knows me knows I can talk sh*t for days, but I don't get paid enough to do it so I'm not gonna be flirting with dudes online.
"Let's just fight, what I signed up for, and that's it. Conor wants the fight, I want the fight, it'll happen. If not, I don't want anybody putting words in my mouth or nothing like that.
"The dude is a f*cking G, bro. He did his thing. He wants more money and he's not getting it, who am I to blame him? I would never tell a guy, 'You're a b*tch for not taking a fight.' No, he wants to get paid his money. He deserves it. I'm in the same place right now. I want an upgrade from where I've been at.
"If you want this fight, I'm right here. Let's get it f*cking cracking. Let's go."
Masvidal's campaigning for a shot at UFC gold, but he'd settle for McGregor who hasn't fought since his devastating defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.
The former 'champ-champ' has been linked with a lightweight bout against his old rival Jose Aldo. The rematch is reportedly in the works for UFC 244 in New York.