Jorge Masvidal took some shots at his former opponent Nate Diaz in a recent interview with a backhanded compliment sure to anger Diaz fans.
Masvidal told MMA Fighting recently that he thinks the now-retired MMA fighter made the right choice by leaving the UFC when he did this year..
“That’s good for him to leave the big leagues before he gets serious brain damage,” Masvidal said. “I think the guy’s a borderline vegetable. His interviews, his spunkness, his wittiness and sharpness has gone to s***. You have to wait for him, the pauses have gotten longer.
“You used to ask him a question, it used to be like a two-second pause — now it’s like a 30-second pause.”
Masvidal beat Diaz for the “BMF” title at UFC 244 in November of 2019. However, the bout was somewhat controversial because it ended with a doctor stoppage prior to the 4th round. Masvidal was handily winning the fight, but Diaz argued that the tide was turning and he would have won had he been able to continue. Ther were rumours about a rematch, but it did not come to fruition before Diaz fought out his UFC contract.
Masvidal was also asked about a Diaz rematch earlier this year on a livestream.
“That motherf*cker doesn’t want it, man,” Masvidal said during a live Q&A on his Rumble in February. “I almost damn near killed him, I beat him an inch within his f*cking skinny life. You saw his last fight with Leon. I was like, man, they make that mistake and put this guy in there with me again, you know? He’s not trying to fight.”
While Masvidal and Diaz were respectful in the build up to the fight, they’ve been less cordial in the years since. Masvidal reiterated his feelings about Diaz in this interview, saying he doesn’t “really like him too much.”
Diaz submitted Tony Ferguson in his final UFC appearance at UFC 279 in September. At the moment, he is waiting out his negotiation period with the UFC, but the Stockton native will not re-sign with the promotion. After the Ferguson fight, Diaz was adamant that he will continue to compete in combat sports and return to the UFC in the future. Perhaps a rematch with Masvidal awaits him if he does.
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