Is Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz II the real deal or a pipe dream?
Back on November 2, 2019, Masvidal and Diaz shared the Octagon. The welterweight bout was contested for a special BMF Championship. At the time, UFC President Dana White insisted that this title would only be used one time. A new report from TMZ Sports claimed that the matchup is being worked on for UFC 256 and that the BMF Title would be up for grabs again. The report was later updated, claiming that Masvidal vs. Diaz II is being worked on for January, not UFC 256, which is scheduled for December 12.
Speaking to reporters following the latest edition of his Contender Series, White confirmed that the matchup is being planned.
“It’s being worked on. That fight is in the works.”
As far as whether or not the BMF gold would be on the line, White also confirmed that would be the case.
“[Masvidal] wants to defend it against Diaz. They were the first two to fight for it. You know what I mean? They were the guys that fought for it. He wants to put it up versus Nate again.”
Masvidal emerged victorious in his first meeting with Diaz. “Gamebred” defeated the Stockton native in the third round via doctor’s stoppage. Masvidal said he was willing to give Diaz a rematch but at the time, the UFC brass wasn’t interested. Instead, Masvidal ended up challenging Kamaru Usman for the UFC Welterweight Championship. “Gamebred” fell short in that bout, losing via unanimous decision.
As for Diaz, he hasn’t competed since the loss to Masvidal. In fact, this is the first time since that fight that White has confirmed negotiations of any kind with Diaz. It’s certainly a bout that many believe will be lucrative for the UFC even if fans still aren’t able to attend the event.