Nick Diaz could get the chance at some revenge on behalf of his brother Nate if he’s triumphant in his comeback fight at UFC 266.
Diaz will return to the octagon for the first time in more than six years on Sept. 25 when he takes on Robbie Lawler in the featured bout of the pay-per-view card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. If successful, he could find himself in a fight with one of the biggest stars in the sport.
Jorge Masvidal, is currently looking for an opponent coming off his second consecutive title-fight loss to Kamaru Usman at UFC 261 in April. A fight between Masvidal and Diaz has been discussed before, but it never materialized.
If Diaz can get the job done at UFC 266, Masvidal tells ESPN he would be open to finally putting the fight together.
“If Nick looks good and does his job, why not me and Nick?” Masvidal said. “I’d love to fight Nick. It’s a classic fight. It’s a fight that I always wanted to do since I was at Strikeforce at 155 [pounds] and he was at 170. I was like, ‘Man, that’s a dude I would like to fight.’ Nothing personal, just because of his style. The way that he leaves it all out there. If I get a fight with Nick, it’ll be a blessing.”
Masvidal has a history with the Diaz family stemming back to his UFC 244 “BMF” title fight with Nate in November 2019. “Gamebred” won the fight by third-round TKO due to a doctor’s stoppage.
It remains to be seen if he’ll now fight the other Diaz brother. Masvidal has repeatedly since his losses to Usman that he wants another title shot, and will pursue the fights that get him there fastest.
“The title is everything that’s on my mind,” Masvidal said.
Photos: Jorge Masvidal through the years
view 51 images
Photos: Best of Nick Diaz
view 20 images