Nate Diaz And Jorge Masvidal To Face At UFC 244
Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal will face each other in November at UFC 244, at Madison Square Garden in New York.
UFC star Diaz was out of the octagon for three years following his loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 202 in August 2016 but returned last month at UFC 241, beating Anthony Pettis in a unanimous decision.
Now the Stockton Slugger will be back in action on November 2nd against Masvidal.
Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal is a done deal for UFC 244 on Nov. 2 at MSG, per multiple sources.
- Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 7, 2019
Earlier in the day Diaz had hinted that he'd be fighting in New York with a post on Twitter and the hashtag 'MSG.'
Champ Camp #baddestmotherfuckerinthegame#msg :punch: pic.twitter.com/kE17qsBqtM
- Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) September 6, 2019
After beating Pettis, Diaz was quick to call out the man he'll fight next. Speaking after the fight finished the 34-year-old spoke about Masvidal, saying, "The reason I was off is cause everybody sucked and there was nobody to fight.
"With this belt, I want to defend it against Jorge Masvidal, he had a good last fight.
"All respect to the man, but there ain't no gangsters in his game anymore.
"I know my man's a gangster, but he ain't no west coast gangster."
Masvidal responded on his YouTube channel to talk about the fight 'the fans want,' saying, "We're just negotiating now, and let's give the fans a fight that they want to see. Two dogs, locked in a cage, going for the jugular.
"You know that I can get hit with a baseball bat, it don't mean nothing, and same thing with my rival. You can hit that dude with a f***ing baseball bat to the kneecaps, he's going to keep coming.
"It's a fight the fans want and it's a fight they're gonna get."
Miami native Masvidal's most recent fight was his record time knockout of Ben Askren at UFC 239. The former ONE welterweight champion went for a takedown straight from the bell and Masvidal landed the perfect knee to the head, ending the fight after just five seconds.
The fight between Diaz and Masvidal could be one hell of a spectacle.