Nate Diaz took to the microphone after his impressive UFC 241 victory over Anthony Pettis to call out his fellow welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal.
If ring-rust is real, no-one told Diaz that ahead of his first UFC outing in three years last night.
Although he started slow, in his own patented fashion he gradually began to pick up the pace before overwhelming Pettis later on in the fight.
Taking to the mic directly afterwards, he made the callout that would perhaps ignite fan interest more than any matchup out there with the exception of a trilogy bout with Conor McGregor.
“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.”
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) August 18, 2019
Speaking in the post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White expressed his enthusiasm for setting up a showdown between Diaz and Masvidal in the near future:
“I didn’t answer your question about a Nate Diaz/Masvidal fight.
“I mean, who wouldn’t want to see that fight? I think everyone would want to see that fight. I don’t know, we’ll wait to see how everything plays out.”