I would totally agree if we weren’t living through an era of the UFC where cracking the top 10 basically makes you an interim champion of something.
I feel like Garcia would win that fight hahaThey should really do this fight at MW so both of these guys could come in at their natural fighting weight. Just call it openweight for shits and giggles.
I think that's the key here. It's the era we are in. It's like the attitude era for WWF. MMA is mainstream now, we don't have to worry about being labeled as human cockfighing any longer, as it's been accepted. Belts like this is only going to open the door to more and more "gimmicks" but these gimmicks are good for entertainment.
Hopefully this will eventually lead to Gabbi Garcia vs. Henry Cuzdo for transgender belt.
[DOUBLEPOST=1568035963,1568035894][/DOUBLEPOST]At UFC 241, after Nate Diaz made a successful return to the octagon by defeating Anthony Pettis following a three-year hiatus, Stockton’s Finest called out Jorge Masvidal, saying he wanted to take on the other “baddest motherf*cker” in the game. It was a fight the fans immediately gravitated to. Then this past weekend, the UFC officially announced that Nate Diaz would take on Jorge Masvidal in the main event of UFC 244, and the two would be competing for Diaz’s “BMF” belt, and everyone, including UFC commentator Joe Rogan, was very excited to hear the news.
“When I saw it on my Instagram feed this morning I threw my arms up like somebody got knocked out. ‘Yes!’” Rogan said during his UFC 242 Fight Companion podcast this weekend.
Despite the fact that all the fans and both fighters wanted the fight, there was a moment when it looked like the fight may not happen though. The UFC was originally looking to have welterweight champion Kamaru Usman headline UFC 244 with a title defense against Colby Covington, but those negotiations were not going well and a number of reports began circulating that Masvidal would be granted the title shot instead. The UFC still couldn’t get a deal done though and instead turned to Diaz-Masvidal to main event the fight, despite the UFC’s reluctance to headline PPV’s with non-title fights and Dana White’s previous contentions that Nate Diaz was not part of the UFC’s planning because of his mercurial personality. But with the fight now booked, Rogan says that was all just a negotiation tactic by White.
“It’s worth money,” Rogan said. “I had said that I think Nate Diaz is one of the biggest superstars in the game, right up there with everybody. I guess there was some negotiations or something because Dana White refuted it. He goes, ‘Well I don’t think Nate Diaz is in our long term plans. Nate fights once every three years.’ I’m like, don’t say that. [But] I’m sure [it was part of the negotiation] and to let Nate know that look, we’ve got other plans. There’s other sh*t that we’re doing.”
If it was negotiation, the tactics worked and now fans are in for one of the most anticipated bouts of the year. And while everyone knows all about what Nate Diaz brings to the table, Rogan says people may be underestimating Jorge Masvidal.
“That guy’s so good. He’s so good and he’s so clever,” Rogan said. “That’s one of the best things to say about Masvidal. The thing is people don’t necessarily associate him with knockout power for some reason, but the guy knocked out Yves Edwards with a head kick, he knocked out Darren Till, Donald Cerrone, he knocked out Ben Askren and put him into another dimension with a flying knee, world-record fastest knockout. It’s weird that people don’t associate Masvidal with a knockout artist. He doesn’t necessarily have the most power, but he’s so good.”
But while Rogan is excited for Diaz-Masvidal, the UFC commentator also mentioned that he does hope the UFC can figure it out between Usman and Covington because that’s the title fight he wants to see.
“I’m just excited. But I want Usman vs. Colby. That’s the fight to make.”
Jorge Masvidal might run straight to the bank after his showdown with Nate Diaz.
The two UFC welterweights, Masvidal (34-13 MMA, 13-7 UFC) and Diaz (20-11 MMA, 18-10 UFC), will compete for a self-created “BMF” title on Nov. 2 at UFC 244 in New York. In an interview with ESPN on Monday, “Gamebred” put to rest any doubt that his UFC 244 compensation won’t be satisfying. The American Top Team product expressed great joy in the lucrativeness of his contract.
“I’m getting paid and not played, that’s for sure,” Masvidal said with a laugh. “Listen, your boy is happy. They took care of me.”
When the fight purses are released, Masvidal believes minds will be blown. He also expressed particular pleasure in knowing his doubters will eventually get to see his earnings.
“There is going to a lot of (expletives) coming out,” Masvidal said. “When I say (expletives), I’m not talking about my female listeners or fans, no. It’s particular individuals who are (expletives), who are attention (expletives), who are very salty individuals. They’re pretty salty, but when these numbers come out? Man, some heads are going to pop.”
A competitor in the UFC since April 2013, Masvidal’s popularity increased greatly after his last two performances, a pair of brutal knockouts over fellow contenders Ben Askren and Darren Till. The flying-knee victory over Askren in July clocked as the fastest knockout in UFC history at just 5 seconds.
Since the increase in fan admiration, Masvidal has voiced his desire to be paid accordingly. Numerous times over the past few weeks, the 34-year-old Miami native stated he would not fight again until he received such an offer.
It appears he got his wish.