Jorge Masvidal and Nick Diaz have been calling each other out after “Gamebred” beat Nate Diaz at UFC 244.
Immediately, many fans were either interested or didn’t want to see the elder Diaz fight again. But, for Masvidal he says the Nick fight has a lot of appeal to him.
“If he’s got that fire lit under him, I know we’re going to have a fight,” Masvidal told Schaub on a recent episode of Food Truck Diaries (transcript via MMA Junkie). “I know Nick’s a dog. He’s going to take whatever I can give, and I’m going to give him everything that I got to hit the off button, to turn him off, as well, so I’m excited for the fight.
“I know he wants to hurt me. He has to avenge his little brother, so it’s a fight that pumps me up.”
Masvidal says Diaz has a ton of heart and knows it would be a tough fight. It also has a storyline there to sell and help him get an even bigger payday.
“Huge fight, and it has a huge backstory, too,” Masvidal said, before looking back on the time he and Diaz spent competing under the Strikeforce banner. “It’s definitely a fight, and always growing up, me and Nick both fought in Strikeforce in different shows, and I’ve always liked Nick’s style, as well. I’ve always liked how he scraps. I never thought he was the most skilled guy, but I think he’s one of the guys with the biggest heart, you know? Would just lay it all out there, win or lose. He’d always give it his all, and that’s something that I truly admire, that quality in a fighter.
“If he’s the fastest, strongest, it’s good, but my favorite quality in a fighter is the dog, is the guy that just doesn’t take no for an answer – even if he gets beat up, but he just never took no for an answer,” Masvidal added.
Whether or not it happens is to be seen.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime