Masvidal Hopes For Fight With Either Diaz Brother
Jorge Masvidal was all set to face Nick Diaz in the Stockton native’s return to the Octagon at UFC 235, but Diaz decided to continue his exile from fighting.
“I think that’s pretty clear,” UFC President Dana White said of Diaz not wanting to fight Masvidal. “All you’ve got to do is look at [Diaz’s] Instagram. I don’t think it looks like he’s training for a fight.”
Masvidal is hoping to schedule a return to the Octagon, where he has not been seen since his UFC 217 loss to Stephen Thompson. When speaking to MMAJunkie, Masvidal expressed his disappointment in the situation.
“Obviously, I want to fight Diaz, because they’re dogs,” Masvidal said. “That’s what I really admire about them. Their skillset is not the greatest. They’re great at boxing. They’re great at jiu-jitsu even off their backs, but that thing – they don’t kick, they don’t wrestle.
“There are a lot of things they don’t do. But what makes them stand out from other fighters is the dog in them. The game. And that’s what I wanted to get after. I wanted to get in there and see who’s more dog – who’s really got that dog in them, that game. That’s what I was looking the most forward to.”
The Miami native is till hopeful that he’d get his crack at Nick Diaz, but as of now, Masvidal just wants someone who’d show up on fight night.
“It depends on which stage of my life I’d be in,” Masvidal said. “Right now, (I wouldn’t want it), because I just want to fight. I want a guaranteed fight. I don’t want something like this to happen. I just want to fight. So, right now, I wouldn’t want to fight anybody that’s had like a high rate of signing and then somehow, some way end up not fighting, whether it’s by injury or whatever it is. I wouldn’t want to fight anybody like that. I want to fight somebody that’s pretty dead-locked when they sign the contract.”
“I’m hoping to kick somebody’s butt in my city, but I would want like a top-five, top-10 dude… Somebody who can give people back home a good show, not some dry humper. Somebody who’s going to come to (expletive) fight the whole damn time.”
Initial Report: MMAJunkie