Jorge Masvidal breaks silence on Nate Diaz’s potential retirement following UFC 244 loss
Nov. 08, 2019
Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz went to war last weekend in the main event of UFC 244.
BMF titleholder Jorge Masvidal has broken his silence on Nate Diaz’s potential retirement from mixed martial arts.
Early on Sunday morning, Ultimate Fighter season five winner Diaz hinted he was permanently walking away from the sport following his UFC 244 defeat to the Cuban-American - which came via a doctor stoppage after the culmination of the third round .
Alongside an Instagram picture of himself and his brother Nick, Diaz wrote: “F**k a rematch this s*** was over before it started. I’m goin’ on out on tour. Peace out fight game.”
Diaz’s post was interpreted by many to be a retirement message, with several fans quick to point out he happily sat on the sidelines for three years after losing his rematch with Conor McGregor at UFC 202.
Masvidal gave his thoughts on Diaz’s possible retirement in an Instagram post of his own, in which he hailed the fan favourite and doubled down on his willingness to give him a rematch.
“Heard it might be true, if so it was fun sharing the #cage with you,” Masvidal wrote alongside a picture of himself and Diaz inside the Octagon.
"Whenever you get that itch again, let’s run it back. I’m gonna go make this paper in the mean time @natediaz209 #theresurrection.”
Masvidal vs Diaz was stopped just before the start of the fourth round by Dr. Nitin K. Sethi, who deemed the huge laceration above the latter’s right eye to be too severe to allow him to continue.
Diaz, understandably, was incensed by the decision and immediately campaigned for a rematch.
The 34-year-old, however, wasn’t optimistic about his chances of the UFC brass letting him get his hands on ‘Gamebred’ again.
“I can already see the f*****y coming,” Diaz said in the post-fight press conference. “I know the game works.
“I give all the rematches and make names for all these people. I believe I was responsible for this whole s***. I brought the president – straight up. I didn’t see no president going to no title fights. I believe it’s fair.
“Hopefully, they don’t throw a bunch of money and clout Jorge’s way. They be like, ‘Let’s do something else.’ He’s got to fight number 27 again.
“Because that’s the name of the game when it’s repetitive. Dana’s already talking that s**t, you know what I’m saying.
“I need to get my rematch and come back. Do things right, do things safe, come back 100 percent and win this fight. Seal the real deal.”
He later added: “Don’t play me like you have. This is where it all starts. I can feel it already. If we’re going to do something else, don’t be telling me I’ve got to fight ‘Joe Blow’ over here.
"Because I don’t even want to hear that. And then saying, ‘We offered him fights. We offered him fights.’
"I ain’t trying to hear all that. I plan on trying to get along with them. I hope they plan on getting along back.
“My plan is to tell them all, ‘F**k you’ and then hopefully we get along soon. Then let’s get back at it. That’s my plan. You’ve got to kill me in there.
“This whole s*** happened and I would like for it to happen again. F**k you, with all due respect… Give me what the f**k I deserve. I believe I deserve a rematch. I’ve given mine.”