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Nick Diaz Offers To Replace Jorge Masvidal, Fight Leon Edwards At UFC 269: ‘Put Me In’

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.

Replying to a report from ESPN MMA reporter, Brett Okamoto on Instagram, Diaz appeared to welcome a potential short notice turnaround, urging to “Put me [him] in” against Edwards. (H/T Jordan Ellis)

“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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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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