According to Diaz, his less-than-stellar performance could be attributed to a number of factors including a knee injury that kept him out of the final three weeks of his fight camp and his recent UFC 241 win over Anthony Pettis. Are we going to rematch tomorrow or next week?
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During the night's main event, Masvidal scored a technical knockout over Nate Diaz, who sustained a bloody cut over his eye.
UFC president Dana White and President Donald Trump have supported one another for decades now. Two of the burliest mixed martial arts fighters of all time collided in the Octagon, cheered on by an energetic live audience in NY that included MMA stars, celebrities, and U.S. President Donald Trump.
"What happened in the third was just going to keep happening in the fourth and in the fifth".
Gamebred completed a dream 2019 with his win over Diaz by making it three stoppage victories from three fights, having already knocked out Darren Till and Ben Askren this year.
With energy levels running high, the five-round fight at Madison Square Garden took less than a minute to escalate. Bleeding from the laceration, Diaz fought to get back on his feet and kept facing the pressure as Masvidal controlled the pace. The California native also fired back, landing surprise southpaw shots and attempting to engage Masvidal in his unsafe ground game.More news: Boeing CEO Muilenburg won't get most of his pay for '19
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Sethi said he made the call because "I could not guarantee his health and safety", a conclusion that overrode the desire of fans and the fighters to see the fight play out.
The anticlimactic end to the much-anticipated bout was a source of disappointment for fans at Madison Square Garden and viewers watching on pay-per-view.
Diaz wasn't happy with the how the former WWE star - real name Dwyane Johnson - smiled as he gave Masvidal the BMF title.
Nate Diaz was not happy with the fight stoppage. "Plus I'm a little longer than him, too". "If this fight had gone later, would they have stopped it?' But it didn't", White said during the post-fight press conference.
The anticlimactic nature of the Masvidal versus Diaz result on Saturday immediately led to calls for a rematch, which Masvidal signalled he was down for.
"He called me the night that he was elected and told me to get down to the afterparty, and I went, and he wanted to come to the Conor McGregor fight the next night", White said (thanks to MMAjunkie for the quotes).