Diaz vs. Masvidal Boxing Match Rescheduled To Avoid UFC 302 Clash

Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal has been rescheduled for July 6, as the fight will now take place from the Honda Center in Anaheim. 

The fight was set to occur from the Kia Forum in Inglewood on June 1. However, it was changed to avoid clashing with UFC 302, which features the UFC Lightweight Champion Islam Makhachev headlining against Dustin Poirier. The new date will allow Diaz and Masvidal to promote the fight without splitting the audience. Masvidal was not happy with the original date. 

“We could have pushed it back a week once the UFC announced they’re going to go June 1. And I was willing to go Memorial [Day] weekend, the weekend before, but he was like, ‘No, I already announced on my Instagram we’re fighting on this day. I don’t give a f*** about the UFC, we’ll go head-to-head with them.’ That’s just not good business. I’m a f****** promoter, he claims to be a promoter — that’s just not good business. There’s absolutely nothing that weekend, we could take over that weekend,” Masvidal said

The decision makes sense since the UFC has no card on July 6, as they will take a two-week break following Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler on June 29. Masvidal beat Diaz in their only encounter at UFC 244 to win the inaugural BMF title in 2019. The fight was stopped because of a cut over Diaz’s right eye at the end of the third round.

Both men have had one boxing bout. Diaz boxed Jake Paul last August, losing a unanimous decision. Gambread’s only boxing fight occurred in 2005, beating Joseph Benjamin via a majority decision. Diaz and Masvidal will face off in a ten-rounder at 175 pounds in a light heavyweight clash. 

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