It appears we may know what’s next for Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal, following his back-to-back defeats to UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
Masvidal lit the world on fire in 2019, returning from a year-and-a-half layoff to KO No. 2 ranked Darren Till (17-1-1) in round two. He then did the same to nine-time MMA world champion Ben Askren (19-0-0-1), who he KO’d in just five seconds, securing the quickest knockout in UFC history, making himself the 2019 Fighter of the Year.
This was followed up by a third round TKO victory over Nate Diaz, and he was now fighting for the world championship eight months later on short notice. Given the nature of the short notice bout, he was given a rematch following his unanimous decision defeat, where he was KO’d for the first time in his entire career, in round two.
Masvidal is as tough as they come, the only times he ever loses, it’s nearly always controversial. Not these last two though, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ is the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world for a reason.
However, following his recent defeat in April, ‘Gamebred’ wants to come back in October or November to face No. 1 ranked Colby Covington, or the returning Nick Diaz.
Those are the two names he gave us, but you’d think only one’s a possibility:
Spoke to Jorge Masvidal’s manager, Abraham Kawa, about what’s next for Masvidal. He said Masvidal is targeting a return in October/November against either Nick Diaz or Colby Covington.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 5, 2021
Covington is facing Usman for the welterweight championship again at a to be determined date, which is a good, and bad thing. ‘Chaos’ has fought one single time since his first with Usman, where he defeated former champion Tyron Woodley.
However, he hasn’t fought since, while Usman has fought and defended his title three times since.
We want to see Covington active, because him versus anyone in the top 7 is a wicked match up. He could prove himself much, much better than he has.
That being said, no one is as deserving as Covington, he should’ve just been matched up with at least one more ranked talent prior to rematching the best guy in the sport for the championship. He and Usman were both 15-1 going into their first encounter; he’s now 16-2, and the champion is now 19-1.
Those two (Masvidal & Covington) could’ve had the most epic season of The Ultimate Fighter to date as well, it’s too bad. Not to mention how close of friends and teammates they used to be, and now they absolutely hate one another.
Given the fact that Covington versus Masvidal will almost certainly not happen next, that leaves us with Nick Diaz, who’d be returning to the octagon for the first time in over six years.
That’s a big hinderance for many, but for a Diaz, it’s hard to say. They’re true, natural fighters. It’s hard to see them not being able to fight decently, regardless of how long they’ve been out.
The UFC offered Diaz the new streaking Khamzat Chimaev about a month ago, but his team turned it down due to the fact Chimaev isn’t well enough established yet. But, ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal is very well established, and he boasts a victory over Nick’s little brother.
This is the fight many of us, including Nick himself, were calling for following Masvidal’s victory over Nate.
Now, in July of 2021, it appears the return of Nick Diaz will actually happen, and it’s incredibly exciting!
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