Jorge Masvidal ‘more than willing’ to fight Nick Diaz having beated his brother Nate at UFC 244 as he targets return to the octagon just days after being knocked out by Kamaru Usman
- Jorge Masvidal is already targeting a return to the octagon after Saturday’s loss
- Kamaru Usman emphatically knocked Masvidal out in the main event at UFC 261
- When asked about what’s next, Masvidal reveals he is open to fighting Nick Diaz
- He beat Nick’s brother Nate at UFC 244 and understands revenge is on the cards
Jorge Masvidal insists he would be ‘more than willing to throw down’ with Nick Diaz later this year as he looks to regroup following his emphatic defeat by Kamaru Usman on Saturday.
Usman produced a stunning knockout to defend his welterweight title in the main event at UFC 261, leaving Masvidal to ponder his next move after his brutal second round loss.
While the result was disappointing for the American, Masvidal is already outlining his return to the octagon for later this year but insists he won’t be rushed into taking any fights at short notice.
Jorge Masvidal is already targeting a return to the octagon after his defeat by Kamaru Usman
However, a fight with Nick Diaz has been mooted after he was spotted in the crowd at UFC 261, sparking talk that a long-awaited return to the sport is on the agenda.
Revenge will also be on the cards for Nick seeing how Masvidal beat his brother Nate at UFC 244. And while he picks himself up following back-to-back defeats by Usman, Masvidal believes a fight with Nick makes a lot of sense.
‘Definitely, Nick is a stud,’ the 36-year-old told ESPN when asked if a fight with Diaz was on the cards. ‘If Nick wants to throw down I’m more than willing to throw down. Like I said, I’m going to do it on my time, I’m not taking short-notice fights, no matter who it is.
Usman (right) emphatically knocked Masvidal (left) out in the main event at UFC 261
‘I’m not going to do that right now. But, if Nick does want to fight towards the end of this year, what can I say, I’m here. You want to do right for your little brother?
‘Let’s go. I heard a lot of interviews that he wasn’t too keen on what I did to his little brother. Neither would I,’ Masvidal continued.
‘I feel for Nick in that situation. I know what I’d wanna do if somebody did that to my little brother. So, let’s go.’
Nick Diaz has not fought in the UFC since UFC 183 in 2015, when his fight with Anderson Silva was declared a no contest.
Masvidal insists he would be open to fighting Nate Diaz (pictured) later on this year
The 36-year-old beat Nick’s younger brother, Nate (right), at UFC 244 in November 2019
However, after watching his brother Nate’s defeat by Masvidal, the 37-year-old told ESPN in 2019 that he wants to fight ‘Gamebred’ after not being happy with Masvidal’s reaction to the win.
The pair were ready to meet at UFC 235 in 2018 but a deal was never reached, which saw Masvidal go on to fight Darren Till instead.
But while a return for Diaz is still no certainty, Masvidal insists he is ready to be his next dance partner should he decide to step back inside the octagon.
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