It’s official, a welterweight showdown between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal is going to happen, and not only that, it’s going to headline UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 2nd.
Diaz had called for the fight with Masvidal following his impressive win over Anthony Pettis recently and ‘Gamebred’ had been just as enthusiastic about the match-up.
It turned out that fans were just as eager to see it, and so it appears were the UFC as they’ve broken with tradition and given the fight headline billing on a pay-per-view broadcast despite the fact that it’s not a title fight.
Diaz had shown no signs of ring rust as he convincingly defeated Pettis after over three years on the sidelines, and with Masvidal’s stock also at an all-time high after his five second flying knee knockout of Ben Askren, there’s few fights available to the UFC that have as much hype behind them as this one.
However, the fact that Diaz vs. Masvidal is headlining UFC 244 means that a welterweight title fight between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington that was originally rumored to be on course for this event has hit a snag, and it remains unclear if and when that match-up will not take place.