In a rare non-title fight main event at the Madison Square Garden, Nate Diaz takes on Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 on November 2, 2019 in a fight that is for the unofficial and one-time “BMF” ( Baddest MF) title.
Nate Diaz is the younger brother of former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz. The younger Diaz is The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner and was a former Strikeforce and Pancrase fighter before coming over to the UFC. He is tied with Joe Lauzon with the second most post fight bonuses received in the UFC with 15. Diaz ir currently 6th in the UFC’s welterweight rankings.
The 34-year old Diaz stands 6-0 with a reach of 76 inches while fighting out of the southpaw stance. He has a record of 20-11 with four knockouts and 12 wins by submission. Diaz is a boxer who has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has won three out of his last four bouts and is coming off a spectacular unanimous decision win over Anthony Pettis at UFC 241.
Nate is one of the best fighters, period. His boxing is legendary and his ability to submit his opponents is uncanny. Diaz is one of the most brilliant fighters out there. He is a thinking fighter who has so many tricks in his bags. What makes him more special is his durability and ability to take punishment and still put up a winning effort.
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Jorge Masvidal is the former AFC Welterweight champion who also challenged for the Strikeforce title in 2011. Gamebred’s five second knockout of the previously unbeaten Ben Askren is the UFC record for fastest knockout. He is currently ranked as the UFC’s #3 welterweight.
Masvidal is 34 years old and he stands 5-11 with a reach of 74 inches. He has a record of 34-13 with 15 knockouts and 2 wins by submission. Masvidal is coming off knockout wins over Darren Till and Ben Askren. He also has wins over Donald Cerrone, Jake Ellenberger and Ross Pearson.
Masvidal is one tough SOB. Before he went to MMA, he fought in the streets and in backyards of Miami. He has a good boxing background and is a striker at heart. He has excellent footwork and has knockout power. As he has gotten older, he has become more patient with his attack, making him more dangerous. Gamebred is the MMA betting favorite to win this fight.
This fight quickly came to fruition after Diaz called out Masvidal following his win over Anthony Pettis. Masvidal had been eyeing a title shot against Kamaru Usman but when the BMF title fight with Nate Diaz was offered, Gamebred couldn’t say no because this may be the bigger fight for him than any other fight out there.
Masvidal is having the best streak of his life. He is coming off a spectacular knockout of the previously unbeaten Ben Askren. When he was interrupted during his post-fight interview, he went on to serve a three-piece and a soda to a trash-talking Leon Edwards and it was the most “Diaz” thing to happen in the UFC since the Stockton brothers left the scene in 2016.
Diaz is one of the UFC’s biggest draws and with Conor McGregor out of the picture, he may be the UFC’s best shot at getting the needed attention. The Diaz brothers are two of the most bad ass fighters we’ve ever seen and they fight with a fan-friendly style. The only problem with the brothers is their inactivity but Nate proved that ring rust doesn’t exist when he manhandled Anthony Pettis in his last bout.
Going to the fight itself, this is going to be a pick ‘em fight. Both these fighters are true BMFs and if we could only give out two belts, Masvidal and Nate would get them. Masvidal is known for his standup but he also has a good ground and submission game. The same could be said of Diaz. We know how the brothers train with world class boxers like Andre Ward. We also know that Nate Diaz is one of the most brilliant submission artists in the game.
These are two terrific strikers who are also very good fight off their backs. When I look at Nate Diaz, the only thing I don’t like about him right now is that he doesn’t have enough rounds in recent years. Sure, he looked like he didn’t lose a step against Pettis, but Gamebred has been very active and may be in better shape.
Masvidal, on the other hand, has a tendency to coast if the fight goes longer. That won’t work against an Energizer Bunny like Nate Diaz. Nate is going to keep on coming and since this will be a five-round fight, Masvidal will be tested. I’m not sure if he can handle Nate’s pace.
I think this will be an even fight early on but after three rounds, I think Nate is going to take over and Masvidal is going to fade. I could be wrong, but I think Diaz has better cardio and more stamina. In a five round war, he is going to outlast Jorge Masvidal in one of the best fights of the year. Prediction: Nate Diaz