Nate Diaz appeared to retire on Thursday after his controversial loss to Jorge Masvidal. Now the BMF champion has responded with a classy message for his former opponent.
UFC 244 ended in an unsatisfactory manner with Diaz being stopped for the two cuts on his face by the cageside doctor at the end of the third round.
The decision certainly left the Stockton Slugger annoyed and he hinted at retirement this week on social media, tweeting, "F*ck a rematch this shit was over before it started. Goin on out on tour. Peace out fight game"
Now Masvidal has responded, offering his opponent a rematch again and also saying he was ready to move on:
'Gamebred' had offered to 'play it back' after winning the first three rounds of their BMF title match in New York before the doctor stopped it early before the championship rounds.
However after the fight Dana White ended thoughts of the rematch. At the post UFC 244 press conference the UFC president said, "No, it doesn't interest me right away. I think that I got asked a couple of questions tonight. 'Diaz comes on in the later rounds. If this fight had gone later, would they have stopped it?' But it didn't. It got stopped with cuts and Masvidal looked very dominant. And he looked good."
However White did suggest that 2020 could be a big year for the 'baddest mother f**ker in UFC, adding, "If anybody is the fighter of 2019, it's definitely that kid. I think he's got some big options coming his way ... There're a lot of options for him I think right now. We'll see. We'll see how everything plays out."
The 34-year-old is third ranked in the welterweight division behind only former champion Tyron Woodley and upcoming title challenger Colby Covington.
Covington faces champion Kamaru Usman for the title at UFC 245 on December 15th and Masvidal could be looking at a potential future fight with the winner.
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