Diaz vs. Masvidal Boxing Match Set For June 1

Nate Diaz will face Jorge Masvidal in a ten-round, 175-pound light heavyweight boxing bout on June 1.

That is according to Ariel Helwani. The fight will take place at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, CA, as the two have a rematch following their first UFC bout. Masvidal beat Diaz at UFC 244 to win the inaugural BMF title. The ringside doctor for the New York State Athletic Commission waved the fight off because of a cut over Diaz’s right eye at the end of the third round.

Masvidal and Diaz have been linked with a boxing bout for some time. Gamebread announced this year that he was coming out of retirement. Jake Paul leaked Diaz as his next opponent, only to delete his post. Masvidal did announce that he was keen on fighting Diaz, and a deal has now been concluded.

Diaz’s only boxing bout was against Jake Paul. He come out second best, losing a unanimous decision last August. Masvidal makes his boxing debut. Gamebread has spoken about his desire to make his name in boxing, with Diaz potentially being the first of many.

“I’m definitely trying to do some boxing matches. I love MMA, it’s my favorite sport in the whole world. I did it for 20 years, it’ll always be number one to me. But, a chance to do some boxing matches, things like that, I wouldn’t mind breaking facing someone’s face,” Masvidal said 

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“When we started our journey into boxing, we wanted to bring only the most entertaining fights together that would help transcend the world of combat sports. Being able to put together the Diaz vs. Masvidal rematch in the boxing ring is in line with that vision. These guys are the original and true BMFs, have continuously sold out arenas and sold millions of pay-per-views. June 1 gives each the opportunity to write a new chapter in their storied history, settle their score and show the world who will be the last man standing,” Solomon Engel, Fanmio CEO

“Nate’s a dead man walking. I can’t wait to prove that last time was no fluke. He got saved by the referee. Now we are boxing, which he says is his forte, but he’s got no shot at beating me. I’m not going to give him an inch in that ring to even breathe. If he thought our MMA match was bad, this is going to be much worse. I’m going to drown him. I want to put away any talk that him and I are the same, or that the referee saved the day. All of that talk ends June 1. Violence and throwing hands are in both of our bloods but as I proved before, I’m a far superior athlete and I’m a meaner fighter. When June 1 comes I’ll put all unanswered questions to rest, live for the world to see,” Masvidal

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