Jorge Masvidal has accepted the challenge presented to him at UFC 241 while confirming to his fans that the negotiation process has begun.
Diaz returning with a highly impressive showing against the former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis was enough to reaffirm his status as one of the biggest stars in the sport today and thankfully, it does seem as though he will not be waiting around for too long before stepping in once again.
Not only has Nate seemed to work through the pretty clear professional issues that loomed large over his UFC career before this hiatus, but once all was said and done on Saturday night, even Dana White was forced to admit that Diaz was finally a ‘needle-mover’ – in reference to his infamous put-down of the former Ultimate Fighter all those years ago.
After winning the battle on the scorecards in the eyes of all three sitting judges, the question, of course, became about when Diaz would next make that walk and thankfully, the answer given by the fan-favourite was one that will no doubt fill fans with excitement.
“With this belt, I want to defend it against – Jorge Masvidal had a good last fight. Good last fight. All respect to the man, but there ain’t no gangsters in this game anymore. There ain’t nobody who does it right but me and him.
“So I know my man’s a gangster, but he ain’t no West Coast gangster.”
Taking to his newly-created YouTube channel, Jorge responded to the call-out, reminding the welterweight contender of his Miami heritage while agreeing to fight him wherever he wanted.
“Nate was right about one thing: I’m no West Coast gangster. I’m from Miami-Dade county. I’m a dirty south goon — damn right I ain’t no West Coast gangster.
“And I’m ready. I’m ready to put it on the line. I’m so gangster with it, besides the 7% tax in Cali, we can do it in Cali.”
Going on from there, Gamebred confirmed that the fight is in the works and gave credit to Diaz for his toughness – a trait that, in his view, will make a pairing between them an unmissable exhibition of violence.
“We’re just negotiating now. Let’s give the fans the fight that they want to see. Two dogs, locked in the cage, going for the jugular. You know I could get hit with a baseball bat and it don’t mean nothing.
“The same thing for my rival. You could hit that dude with a baseball bat to the kneecaps and he’s going to keep coming. It’s a fight that the fans want and they’re going to get.
“I’m going to give it my all, and I know Nate’s going to give it his all. Let’s do it.”