Former Strikeforce and WEC welterweight champion, Nick Diaz appears to have offered his services on just a month’s notice to the UFC in a bid to replace the injured, Jorge Masvidal at UFC 269 on December 11. — in a welterweight pairing against the #3 ranked contender, Leon Edwards.
Reports emerged last night detailing that two-time welterweight title challenger, Masvidal had suffered an undisclosed injury ahead of his UFC 269 grudge match against Birmingham native, Edwards — forcing him to withdraw from the bout.
Whilst Edwards is unlikely to remain on next month’s pay-per-view as a result of his canceled pairing with Masvidal, the likes of Gilbert Burns, past-foe, Belal Muhammad, and even the #10 ranked contender, Khamzat Chimaev have already offered to step in next month in place of Masvidal and draw the #3 ranked, Edwards.
Now, however, it appears another challenger has entered the equation to possibly step in and draw Edwards on short-notice — in the form of the recent returner, Nick Diaz.
“I know this may come as quite a shock, but Khamzat Chimaev would love to step up against Leon Edwards on Dec. 11,” Okamoto reported. “No word if that’s even a possibility, or if Leon would want it, but Chimaev is asking for it.“
In response to Okamoto, Diaz posted, “Put me in.“
While Diaz has offered to replace Masvidal — it’s likely Edwards will withdraw from the UFC 269 card entirely, with plans to take some time off to spend with his family. As well as wait for a welterweight title rematch against past-opponent, Kamaru Usman.
At UFC 266 in September, Diaz snapped a six-year hiatus from active competition — returning in a main card rematch against former welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler where he suffered a third round knockout retirement loss.
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