Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal can be curious about bout with Nick Diaz: ‘You need to do proper in your brother? Let’s go’
At UFC 261 this previous Saturday, Masvidal got here up brief in his second bid for the UFC welterweight title, getting knocked out within the second spherical by champion Kamaru Usman. Although an apparent setback for “Gamebred”, there’s a silver lining for Masvidal: a possible bout with Nick Diaz.
Diaz has been rumored to be planning a return to the cage this 12 months and was in attendance on Saturday, sitting cageside for Masvidal’s KO loss. On the post-fight press convention, UFC President Dana White addressed Diaz’s presence saying that the elder Diaz brother wished a struggle and the UFC would provide him one, and Masvidal would like to be the one to welcome him again.
“Undoubtedly, Nick is a stud,” Masvidal informed ESPN. “If Nick needs to throw down I’m greater than keen to throw down. Like I stated, I’m going to do it on my time, I’m not taking brief discover fights, irrespective of who it’s. I’m not going to do this proper now. However, if Nick does need to struggle in direction of the tip of this 12 months, what can I say, I’m right here.”
Except for simply being a struggle between two of the most well-liked athletes in MMA, there’s additionally a in-built storyline for a bout between Masvidal and Diaz. After ascending to the highest of the general public consciousness by knocking out Ben Askren in 5 seconds, Masvidal cemented his celeb by profitable the specialty “BMF” title in opposition to Nick’s youthful brother, Nate Diaz. Since then, rumors of a rematch have continued to linger however the dominant efficiency from Masvidal within the struggle has stored enthusiasm low. A bout with Nate’s older brother although, that’s a distinct story.
“You need to do proper in your brother? Let’s go,” Masvidal stated. “I heard a variety of interviews that he wasn’t too eager on what I did to his little brother. Neither would I. I really feel for Nick in that scenario. I do know what I’d wanna do if any person did that to my little brother. So, let’s go.”
Sadly for Masvidal, he’s not the one fighter at the moment within the Nick Diaz derby. 2020’s Breakout Fighter of the Yr, Khamzat Chimaev has additionally been rumored to be in consideration for Diaz and a variety of different welterweights have known as for the bout as properly. Happily for Masvidal, Diaz isn’t his solely possibility. The BMF champion has a variety of simmering rivalries he can money in on sooner or later, primarily with Colby Covington and Leon Edwards, who each took the time to interact in some schadenfreude upon seeing Masvidal get knocked out, which Masvidal took in stride.
“I’ve obtained loads of groupies and it simply goes to indicate you that whether or not I win or lose, them b****** is at all times gonna be calling me out, them b****** is at all times gonna be on my d***,” Masvidal stated, smiling. “So it’s like, I like my groupies, you understand? (Blows a kiss).”
Edwards is at the moment set to face Nate Diaz this summer season in a bout that might have title ramifications. In the meantime, Dana White anointed Covington as the highest contender for Usman’s title earlier than UFC 261, nonetheless Usman has constantly maintained that Covington wanted to get one other win earlier than rematching him. If Usman holds to that, it’s attainable that both man could possibly be subsequent for Masvidal. Both approach although, there’s loads of time to determine issues out. Masvidal is planning to take a while off following the KO and plans to return later in 2021. Maybe by then, there will likely be extra readability on who he can struggle.
“I’ll undoubtedly struggle once more this 12 months. I’ve to,” Masvidal stated. “I’ve obtained to struggle this 12 months. I need to. If it wasn’t for this suspension and this knockout, I’d have been combating three or 4 occasions this 12 months. It’s what I wished to do. I wished to only compete quite a bit. I nonetheless need to compete quite a bit this 12 months however clearly the circumstance, so if I can a minimum of get one struggle this 12 months, I’ll be blissful. If I can pull off two, which is uncertain, that may be cool.”
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— Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) April 27, 2021
All of the dudes that made enjoyable of me for crying from pleasure just a few years again when Thug Rose KO’d Joanna now know precisely what I felt. She been the most effective for a very long time nevertheless it feels unreal to see somebody face their fears and encourage individuals like that #ufc261 #thugrose
— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) April 26, 2021
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