Nate Diaz is not holding back as per usual.
After Jorge Masvidal decided to rematch Diaz for the “BMF” title, Edwards indicated Masvidal is dodging him. The history between Masvidal and Edwards started when Edwards interrupted Masvidal’s post-fight interview back in London in 2019.
Instead of settling the feud, Masvidal is running one back after earning a third-round TKO against Diaz at UFC 244 in November 2019. In typical fashion, Diaz voiced his opinion on Edwards’ comments. He opted to target current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov as well.
“You got [expletive] up in the back for acting like you were tight. This fight (expletive) is the same everywhere, in or out of the cage,” Diaz said on Twitter. “Don’t get punked ever. That goes for Kabob also, you guys are in last place now lol.”
You got fucked up in the back for acting like you were tight.
This fight shit is the same everywere, in or out of the cage… don’t get punked ever.
That goes for kabob also,
you guys are in last place now lol pic.twitter.com/DNuNLBNsj3
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) September 8, 2020
Edwards criticized the rematch when talking to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto on Monday, Sept. 7.
“Stop being a [expletive] and [expletive] let’s fight, right? You say you’re street Jesus and you’re [the] BMF, let’s prove the case,” Edwards said. “You can’t go out there and fight a guy you just [expletive] battered for three round and then do it again and say you’re the BMF. That’s not how it works, stop being a [expletive and step up.”
Leon Edwards used strong language to suggest a Masvidal-Diaz rematch doesn't meet his BMF criteria 😬
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 7, 2020
During the post-fight new conference following Dana White’s Contender Series 31 on Tuesday, Sept. 1, White said the promotion is targeting the rematch for December or January. Diaz is yet to compete since losing to Masvidal less than a year ago.
Masvidal is fresh off a title defeat, losing via unanimous decision to current champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 on July 11. It snapped a three-fight win streak for “Gamebred,” who beat Darren Till, Ben Askren and Diaz.
It’s been over a year since Edwards last stepped into the octagon. He is currently riding an eight-fight win streak.
The 29-year-old most recently defeated former champion Rafael dos Anjos by unanimous decision at UFC on ESPN 4 in July 2019. Edwards continues to wait in the wings to resume his journey to a title fight.