The 500th UFC live event takes place Saturday, November 2, for Madison Square Garden in New York City. At the top of that card is a welterweight battle between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz.
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Venue: Madison Square Garden
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That fight booking was put in motion in August. Diaz returned to action for the first time in nearly three years at UFC 241. On that night, the Stockton scrapper scored a unanimous decision win over former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.
Many expected Diaz to call for a third fight against Conor McGregor after his hand was raised, but Diaz didn’t mention the Irish fighter at all. Instead, he called out a man who might be in the running “Fighter of Year” and/or “Comeback Fighter of the Year” in Jorge Masvidal.
“The reason I was off was because everybody sucks,” Diaz told UFC commentator Joe Rogan. “There was nobody to fight. With this belt, I want to defend it against… Jorge Masvidal had a good last fight, good last fight. All respect to the man, but there ain’t no gangsters in this game anymore. There ain’t nobody who does it right but me and him. So I know my man’s a gangster, but he ain’t no West Coast gangster.”
With that, the camera cut to Masvidal, who was in the crowd for the event. The smile on his face seemed to indicate that he would not have an issue facing off against Diaz.
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Masvidal is 2-0 in 2019 with two knockout victories. His most recent win was a five-second stoppage of former Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren. That knockout could score Masvidal, “Knockout of the Year” accolades.
Masvidal and Diaz take part in the UFC 244 press conference today in New York City. That event takes place at The Rooftop at Pier 17. You can watch a live stream of the event below at 7 p.m. ET.