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Jorge Masvidal Says He Would ‘Love’ To Fight Nick Diaz Ahead Of UFC 266 Comeback

Two-time UFC welterweight title challenger, Jorge Masvidal has admitted that he would “love” to share the Octagon with fellow former title chaser, Nick Diaz in the future — ahead of the latter’s incoming return at UFC 266 later this month.

Masvidal, who himself is targeting an Octagon return before the close of this year, last featured at UFC 261 in April at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida — suffering a massive second round knockout loss to defending welterweight titleholder, Kamaru Usman in his second outing with the Auchi native.

For Stockton veteran, Diaz, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt is slated to make his first Octagon appearance since January 2015 — drawing former undisputed welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler in a rematch 17-years after their first pairing at UFC 266.

In need of another high-profile victory in order to kick start a potential third title challenge in the future, American Top Team staple, Masvidal has noted his interest in clashing with the elder Diaz brother — having handed the younger, Nate Diaz a fourth round doctor’s stoppage in a symbolic BMF championship clash at UFC 244 in November 2019 at Madison Square Garden.

Whilst Masvidal remains unbooked ahead of Diaz’s return against Lawler — should the Californian prevail for a second time against the latter, Masvidal claimed he would “love” to meet with him in a future tangle.

If Nick (Diaz) looks good (against Robbie Lawler) and does his job, why not me and Nick?” Masvidal said during a recent interview with ESPN. “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(lbs) and he was at 170(lbs). 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’s a blessing.

Masvidal went on to lay out his ideal scenario for a next outing, outlining how he wants the UFC officials to identify an opponent who would leave him undeniable for a third title shot should he dispatch them.

Ideal scenario — I walk into the office and they (the UFC) go, ‘This individual can get you closer to the title than any other individual,” Masvidal said. “And I go, ‘Give me that individual.’ And they offer it to me with a lot of money behind it. All these guys are corny. I don’t give a f*ck about them. I want to go for the title again. Whatever it takes to get to that title — whatever opponent, whatever threat, challenge. Whatever they want to come up for me to deal with it, I’m there to do it.

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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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