At UFC 241, Nate Diaz made it clear that he wants to fight fellow “gangster” Jorge Masvidal, and it seems that Masvidal is down for it.
“I believe that’s a good fight, I think both of these guys will go on, put on a show for everybody and I think that’s what we all want,” Masvidal’s manager Abe Kawa said to ESPN. “I’m a fight fan at heart, before everything else and if you’re a fight fan, this is like Christmas for everybody. ”
“Right after the fight, I had a brief conversation with the higher-ups, and it looks like they like the fight. That being said, we should be getting together sometime this week to see how that goes.”
“I think that’s inevitable,” Kawa said of a fight between the popular veterans. “The guy’s put 16 years into the game. He’s never been a problem for anybody, whether it comes to USADA, whether it comes to making weight whether, it comes to showing up, being on time, putting on shows, he’s always done it. So, I think he’s put in his time and I think the UFC understands that the fans understand that, and I think Nate understands that. He just wants to get a payday, wants to get his money.”
“Everybody has to look at it from a financial standpoint for these guys. They are prize fighters. They’re not fighting just to say, ‘Hey I’m a UFC fighter.’ They’re fighting for a paycheck and if the biggest paycheck at the time comes with the title, then why would he take a fight outside of that? Now if a bigger paycheck presents itself, then I think the title becomes moot. I don’t think the title at that point is the biggest fight, so I think that’s absolutely the exception.”
“I think December in Vegas is probably where he would prefer it,” Kawa said of where he’d want to fight Diaz if given the opportunity. “Actually, he wants to go to Cali where Nate’s from. I don’t want to give too much, I’d rather it come from Jorge than me, so I’ll try to keep it as simple as possible. But he looks at this fight more like the [Darren] Till [fight]; he’s gonna go into someone else’s backyard and he prefers that over anything else. So, if Vegas is the closest thing he could get to Cali, then, you know, Vegas.”
“The East Coast swag is different than the West Coast swag,” Kawa said of the California native Diaz and the Miami “gamebred” Masvidal.
“We had Biggie and Tupac, and now we have Nate and Jorge.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting