Diaz’s (20-12 MMA, 15-10 UFC) push to run it back with Masvidal (35-13 MMA, 12-6 UFC) began in the immediate aftermath of his third-round TKO loss in the UFC 244 main event. He instantly felt things weren’t trending in the direction he wanted, though, and claimed some “UFC f**kery” was on the horizon.
Just days later, Diaz took to social media and said goodbye to the fight game. He didn’t announce a retirement, but he’s taken three years between fights before, and said after UFC 244 he’d be willing to do it again if he doesn’t get what he wants.
If that’s the case, Masvidal said farewell to Diaz, but echoed his post-fight sentiment that he’s still opening to rematching in the future (via <a href="
Heard it might be true, if so it was fun sharing the #cage with you. Whenever you get that itch again, let’s run it back. I’m gonna go make this paper in the mean time @natediaz209 #theresurrection
As Masvidal serves as a bystander through Diaz’s drama, he also awaits his next move.
“Gamebred” had a fairytale 2019 run, finishing Diaz, Ben Askren and Darren Till to set himself up for an even bigger 2020. A title shot with the Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington winner at UFC 245, or perhaps Conor McGregor, seem like potential options for Masvidal.
The rematch with Diaz will always be there, though, too. It just remains to be seen if the UFC is willing to put it together.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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