Not too long ago, Dana White said that Nate Diaz was not a needle-mover. Oh how the times have changed. Now, not only has the UFC President acknowledged his folly, saying that Diaz is in fact a needle-mover, but he’s co-opted Diaz’s idea for the Baddest Motherf*cker in the Game title and is plunging full steam ahead with it.
After UFC 241, Diaz proclaimed himself to be the Baddest Motherf*cker in the Game and suggested he would next defend his self-appointed title against Jorge Masvidal. It was a stroke of genius and one that was met with almost unanimous praise. Fairly quickly, the fight was booked and Dana White even said he planned to have an official title belt commissioned for the event, though the belt would be a one-off scenario. But just because it’s a one-and-done kind of thing doesn’t mean the UFC is planning on pinching pennies. Speaking with TMZ Sports recently, White revealed that the belt itself going to cost about $50,000 to make.
“That’s a good question,” White said when asked about the belt. “I think it’s gonna be like, I think the belt’s like 50 grand.”
Now, while $50,000 is no small sum, some estimates have put the cost of the old UFC titles at close to $300,000, six times the cost of the BMF title. However, those numbers are unsubstantiated and are most likely significantly higher than the actual cost of the belts. But even if that is true, the BMF title will have something none of its other, more expensive cousins will have: the blessing of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Shortly after Diaz vs. Masvidal was announced, The Rock chimed in on social media, saying he would do everything possible to make it to the fight and, when Masvidal said he wanted The Rock to be the one to wrap the belt around his waist when he won, Johnson said he was game.
Doing all I can to make this fight. If I can and you win, I’ll put the belt around your waist at MSG - consider it done. Already shaping up to be one of the biggest and most electrifying fights in @ufc history. Can’t wait. @GamebredFighter @NateDiaz209 #respect #BMF #UFC244 ⚡️ https://t.co/nVTIeBtkgv— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 9, 2019
Well, apparently Dana White is taking The Rock up on that offer. Not only will the winner of Diaz-Masvidal get a shiny new, entirely unique belt, but they’ll also be the only fighter in UFC history to be crowned a champion at the hands of The Rock because, according to Dana White, if Dwayne Johnson wants to do it, why wouldn’t he let him?
“He’s gonna [do it],” White said. “[Laughs]. He’s taking my job. Listen, if The Rock wants to do it, The Rock gets what The Rock wants.”
Here’s to hoping the next thing The Rock wants is a 165-pound division and knees to the head of a grounded opponent.
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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Jeremy Stephens at the hospital.
Tonight's No Contest in the #UFCMexico main event left @panteraufc questioning the severity of the eye injury. Here's @LiLHeathenMMA's response from the hospital moments ago: pic.twitter.com/tLMNvnQgFL— Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) September 22, 2019
Only goons are saying that.
Ppl saying Stephens wanted out of the fight?? He is one of the toughest and most dangerous guy in that division. I highly doubt he faked how severe that eye-poke affected him. I felt Yair would our point him with kicks, but tn we won’t get to find out...Sucks. #UFCMexico— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) September 22, 2019
Agreed, Stevens def not looking for a way out. You don’t put all the time and money into a camp and hope to get fouled right off the bat so you can leave. LMAO https://t.co/gD76M6mfkl— Chris Camozzi (@ChrisCamozzi) September 22, 2019
Everyone was very upset about this.
Wow. The disrespect. Shame on you guys! https://t.co/7EzfSByjXP— Bec Rawlings (@RowdyBec) September 22, 2019
We all watched Jeremy put his blood sweat and tears into this camp, he trained at altitude for 6 weeks and left the arena getting punched in the back of the head by fans. Disgusting to blame a fighter for an unfortunate fight ending foul. He is the last person to fake an injury.— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) September 22, 2019
Never throw back free beer.
All I know is I started grabbing everything in site and chucking that shit back!!!— Brian Ortega (@BrianTcity) September 22, 2019
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Hard fought VICTORY!!! Thank you so much to friends, family, and fans. Amazing 3rd round by my opponent, definitely one of the toughest rounds of my career. But i am happy that I was able to definitively win the first 2 rounds and pull out the W! I’m stoked we won FOTN for our efforts, thank you for the war Alexa
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Dustin trying to jump right back into it.
Pretty Sure We Can Make Some Room For Good Ol’Fathead @TeamKhabib # TeamTiramisuTakeover @ufc @danawhite Make It Happen #DefendorVacate #Accepted @BallengeeGroup Dec 14 -Champ Shit Only™️ pic.twitter.com/FowNJ3SsOC— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) September 22, 2019
If he can't make it. I can ♂️— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) September 23, 2019
Perry would like a little more invasion of his privacy.
And why do I feel like USADA don’t be testing , me especially. Do I not look buff enough to create a concern ? I feel like Bruce lee— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) September 21, 2019
Max Holloway (21-4) vs. Alexander Volkanovski (20-1); UFC 245, Dec. 14.
While I think Dana making the BMF title is a little iffy (50/50 chance it’s just an abomination) I love the idea of fictional titles and elevated pomp and circumstance. Next thing we need is a violenceweight crown of thorns to adorn Justin Gaethje’s head.
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