While Jake Ellenberger hasn’t pulled many verbal punches heading into his bout tonight with Rory MacDonald, Jorge Masvidal also hasn’t been shy in the trash talk department, prior to his UFC on FOX 8 tilt with Michael Chiesa.

In addition to saying Chiesa is like “a watered-down Royce Gracie”, more recently, Masvidal targeted Chiesa’s bountiful beard by saying (quote via MMA Junkie.com):

“I’m going to tell the commission to wrap that thing up,” Masvidal said. “I don’t want to get no mat herpes or nothing on my face. I’ve been in this game a long time, and I ain’t got nothing on my face. I ain’t about catch some syphilis or whatever he’s got going on in that beard, you know?”

That’s not the kind of thing you hear in a typical MMA interview is it. Masvidal also says he didn’t care for the “sportsmanship” Chiesa apparently directed at ATT teammate Anton Kuivanen, who he submitted in his last fight at UFC 157. So what does the former TUF winner have to say about all this?

“Whatever pumps him up,” Chiesa said. “I’ll let my actions speak for themselves.”

Fair enough. Chiesa (9-0) will be gunning for his third straight UFC win, while Masvidal (24-7) is coming off a UD victory over Tim Means in his Octagon debut.

UFC on FOX 8 will be hosted by Seattle’s Key Arena. Stay tuned to Caged Insider.com for all your coverage.