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Nick Diaz Is Pitted Against Jorge Masvidal At UFC 235 – Deal Being Finalized.
Ideas on what will surely be a fan favorite fight…
According to Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) “Breaking: The UFC is close to finalizing Nick Diaz's return to the Octagon, per Dana White. The fight is Jorge Masvidal at UFC 235 on March 2 in Las Vegas. Diaz's first appearance in more than four years. Story coming soon to @ESPN.”
Nick Diaz is one of the most exciting and polarizing fighters of our generation. However, he has not fought since 2015. He lost via unanimous decision in a seemly illogical yet equally memorable bout to the great Anderson Silva. The bout was subsequently ruled a no contest after the both combatants failed drugged tests. Nicks USADA’s suspension came to an end in April.
Jorge Masvidal is coming off a two fight losing streak. He lost to Stephen Thompson a year ago in November. Before that, he lost to Demian Maia in May. Jorge is certainly a game opponent. He boasts a three fight win streak over Donald Cerrone, Jake Ellenberger and Ross Pearson. Jorge has been looking particularly impressive since coming up to the 170 pound division from the 155 pound division.
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This match up is interesting for several reasons. First, they have larger than life personalities. At times, the personalities can be hilarious; other times it can be polarizing. Yet, it is always entertaining. Second, they are highly skilled and experienced. Their fight record totals a combined 82 fights. Nick Diaz is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Cesar Gracie. While Jorge’s Jiu Jitsu credentials are unknown. He trains at American Top Team with decorated grapplers like Colby Covington. He out grappled Jiu Jitsu black belt Donald Cerrone. Both fighters striking are exceptional with experience in professional boxing.
For Diaz’s fans, the fight is exciting because it is potentially toward the end of his career. Nick has had long layoffs between his last few fights. If that trend continues coupled with his age and long career, one wonders how much longer Nick will, or even if he will, continues to be interested in fighting. However, Nick has continually defied expectations. So perhaps we will see him in the Octagon for a long time
While the fight is not official, it is exciting. It will be great to see Nick in the Octagon again. It will be interesting to see how Jorge has grown since his losses to Maia and Thompson. It will be exciting to see both fighters technical prowess in the Octagon and exciting personalities outside the Octagon. It is the fight fans deserve.
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