At UFC 241, after Nate Diaz made a successful return to the octagon by defeating Anthony Pettis following a three-year hiatus, Stockton’s Finest called out Jorge Masvidal, saying he wanted to take on the other “baddest motherf*cker” in the game. It was a fight the fans immediately gravitated to. Then this past weekend, the UFC officially announced that Nate Diaz would take on Jorge Masvidal in the main event of UFC 244, and the two would be competing for Diaz’s “BMF” belt, and everyone, including UFC commentator Joe Rogan, was very excited to hear the news.
Despite the fact that all the fans and both fighters wanted the fight, there was a moment when it looked like the fight may not happen though. The UFC was originally looking to have welterweight champion Kamaru Usman headline UFC 244 with a title defense against Colby Covington, but those negotiations were not going well and a number of reports began circulating that Masvidal would be granted the title shot instead. The UFC still couldn’t get a deal done though and instead turned to Diaz-Masvidal to main event the fight, despite the UFC’s reluctance to headline PPV’s with non-title fights and Dana White’s previous contentions that Nate Diaz was not part of the UFC’s planning because of his mercurial personality. But with the fight now booked, Rogan says that was all just a negotiation tactic by White.
“It’s worth money,” Rogan said. “I had said that I think Nate Diaz is one of the biggest superstars in the game, right up there with everybody. I guess there was some negotiations or something because Dana White refuted it. He goes, ‘Well I don’t think Nate Diaz is in our long term plans. Nate fights once every three years.’ I’m like, don’t say that. [But] I’m sure [it was part of the negotiation] and to let Nate know that look, we’ve got other plans. There’s other sh*t that we’re doing.”
If it was negotiation, the tactics worked and now fans are in for one of the most anticipated bouts of the year. And while everyone knows all about what Nate Diaz brings to the table, Rogan says people may be underestimating Jorge Masvidal.
“That guy’s so good. He’s so good and he’s so clever,” Rogan said. “That’s one of the best things to say about Masvidal. The thing is people don’t necessarily associate him with knockout power for some reason, but the guy knocked out Yves Edwards with a head kick, he knocked out Darren Till, Donald Cerrone, he knocked out Ben Askren and put him into another dimension with a flying knee, world-record fastest knockout. It’s weird that people don’t associate Masvidal with a knockout artist. He doesn’t necessarily have the most power, but he’s so good.”
But while Rogan is excited for Diaz-Masvidal, the UFC commentator also mentioned that he does hope the UFC can figure it out between Usman and Covington because that’s the title fight he wants to see.
“I’m just excited. But I want Usman vs. Colby. That’s the fight to make.”
UFC 242 Post Show.
UFC 242 Retrospective.
Anatomy of a Fighter.
Bellator 226 highlights.
LFA 75 highlights
6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC 242.
Severe MMA. Discussing UFC 242, Cage Warriors, and Nate vs. Jorge.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
I love it.— JustBleedMMA (@JustBleedMMA) September 8, 2019
Respect to both men. pic.twitter.com/mjGOYFxHAc
Poirier still a great dude.
I Will be auctioning off everything I wore to the octagon last night. All proceeds will go to @TheGoodFightFDN goal of bringing fresh water to the pygmy people in Uganda.— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) September 8, 2019
Thank you all for riding with me
Book my rematch for Moscow.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 7, 2019
you’re a tool. You have lost everything already. You are a shit human, father, and husband. Fuck you.— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) September 8, 2019
Even though we fell behind early, I never counted him out. Dp is a natural born fighter with incredible talent. He will be back on top I’m certain, if anyone is capable, it’s @dustinpoirier . Much respect to the bear @khabib_nurmagomedov , he’s an unparalleled champ. pic.twitter.com/Mvk1NdVPk3— Mike Brown (@mikebrownmma) September 8, 2019
Shevchenko shutting down Weili.
Ngannou wants to fight before the end of the year.
Petr Yan picking on an old man.
We can grapple after I put on a boxing clinic on him https://t.co/BeVIfXwRRO— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) September 9, 2019
Mike Perry got married.
Waiting for the mixtape to drop.
Nate Diaz (20-11) vs. Jorge Masvidal (34-13); UFC 244, Nov. 2.
We all know that when Dana says “If Tony accepts the fight” he really means “I’m gonna offer this dude $20 and a ham sandwich and if he even hesitates, I’m calling Conor” right? Because that’s what’s gonna happen.
Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.
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