Jorge Masvidal Launched Major Campaign To Fight Nate Diaz

Jorge Masvidal apparently wanted to replace Dustin Poirier against Nate Diaz at UFC 230 in November.

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Nate Diaz’s Octagon return is on hold.

Initially, it was announced that the fan-favorite would be making his return to the Octagon at UFC 230. Diaz was to fight Dustin Poirier in the pay-per-view’s (PPV) co-main event. There was a big push from fans to try and implement a 165-pound title to boost it to the headliner.

However, UFC President Dana White shot that idea down immediately. Once the UFC figured out its issues with the UFC 230 main event, announcing Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis for the heavyweight title, UFC 230 took another hit.

It was announced Poirier suffered a hip injury and would be forced off the card. Diaz, reluctant to take a replacement opponent, opted to pull from the event as well. Had he decided to fight, however, he would’ve had plenty of willing dance partners to step in.

One of those being 170-pound fighter Jorge Masvidal. During an interview on BJPenn.com Radio, “Gamebred” revealed that he really wanted to fight Diaz at Madison Square Garden (via MMA Mania):

“I really wanted that fight,” Masvidal said. “I think I would’ve matched up very well, I would’ve put the money on me. I’ve got a lot of respect for Nate and Nick.

“Mainly because of their will. They don’t have the biggest skill set in the game but they probably got some of the most heart in the game.”

Masvidal hasn’t fought in almost a year. His last outing was a unanimous decision loss to Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. The 33-year-old former street fighter is ready to get back into the Octagon now, however, and he’s looking for a ranked opponent.

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Greg Hardy Set For Next Pro Fight Before Year’s End

Former NFL player Greg Hardy may be on a fast track for the UFC roster, but he will have at least one more fight before making his official Octagon debut. Hardy, 3-0, will compete in a heavyweight bout against a yet-to-be-determined opponent under the Island Fights banner on Dec. 21 in Pensacola, Fla. ESPN first […]

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Former NFL player Greg Hardy may be on a fast track for the UFC roster, but he will have at least one more fight before making his official Octagon debut.

Hardy, 3-0, will compete in a heavyweight bout against a yet-to-be-determined opponent under the Island Fights banner on Dec. 21 in Pensacola, Fla. ESPN first broke the story.

The venue is also yet to be determined. However, official announcements are expected to come in the near future.

The former All-Pro has been downright impressive during his short time in the cage. Hardy competed on ‘Dana White’s Tuesday Contender Series’ over the summer and scored a brutal 57-second KO. He followed that performance up a few weeks later with a 17-second knock out on the same show.

Hardy just recently fought at Xtreme Fight Night 352 in September. There, he won via 53-second knockout over Rasheem Jones.

Although very impressed by Hardy’s performances, UFC President Dana White feels the former footballer isn’t UFC caliber yet. Perhaps a fourth straight win in dominant fashion could earn Hardy his UFC contract.

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Video: Conor McGregor Pitches Massive Fight At Cowboys Stadium

Last Sunday (October 14, 2018) we found out that Conor McGregor most certainly could not throw an NFL football. That won’t stop the UFC’s biggest name from pitching a fight at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. McGregor was seen hyping up the Cowboys before their amazing 40-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. If that wasn’t enough, Cowboys […]

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Last Sunday (October 14, 2018) we found out that Conor McGregor most certainly could not throw an NFL football. That won’t stop the UFC’s biggest name from pitching a fight at Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

McGregor was seen hyping up the Cowboys before their amazing 40-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. If that wasn’t enough, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott used McGregor’s infamous “Billionaire Strut” to celebrate. The Irish megastar even reportedly went out to a club with Elliott that night.

But the biggest and most important interaction McGregor had at the NFL game was most definitely with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. With a monster UFC fight having been rumored for Cowboys stadium for years, McGregor wants to be the one to finally do it.

McGregor’s Pitch

NFL Films caught McGregor’s conversation with Jones. ‘The Notorious’ insisted now was the time to finally bring the UFC Octagon to ‘Jerry’s World’:

“It is a spectacle, this place. That octagon has got to be in the center one day. I’m going to make that happen. Especially now after being here and seeing it. I know it was rumored many times. We never got there but now is the time.”

Indeed the UFC’s biggest star is the only man who could conceivably pack Cowboys Stadium and its 80,000-seat capacity. The stadium held a record crowd of 105,121 fans for a 2009 football game between the Cowboys and the New York Giants.

McGregor is still on top of the MMA game, but that could be changing if he doesn’t start winning again. He’s 2-2 in his last four UFC bouts and doesn’t have a win since 2016. He could pack Cowboys Stadium for a fight with perhaps Nate Diaz, but he’s probably right that the time is now to do it.

With a few more losses, that date at Cowboys Stadium will inch farther away.

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Greg Hardy’s Fourth MMA Bout Reportedly Set For Dec. 21

Greg Hardy reportedly has his fourth professional mixed martial arts bout set. At the very least, there appears to be a date and location in place. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani is reporting that former NFL star Hardy will be competing on Dec. 21 in Pensa…

Greg Hardy reportedly has his fourth professional mixed martial arts bout set. At the very least, there appears to be a date and location in place. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani is reporting that former NFL star Hardy will be competing on Dec. 21 in Pensacola, Florida. His opponent has not been determined. Hardy has had two first-round […]

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Dana White Calls Khabib vs. Conor Rematch Rumor ‘No. 1 Bulls**t’

According to UFC President Dana White, the talks of a potential $15 million rematch between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor are just not true. The Russian website Sport Express (h/t MMAjunkie.com) reported yesterday (Oct. 16, 2018) that Khabib had, in fact, turned down a $15 million payday to rematch his Irish rival. Khabib’s uncle, Alex […]

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According to UFC President Dana White, the talks of a potential $15 million rematch between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor are just not true.

The Russian website Sport Express (h/t MMAjunkie.com) reported yesterday (Oct. 16, 2018) that Khabib had, in fact, turned down a $15 million payday to rematch his Irish rival.

Khabib’s uncle, Alex Nurmagomedov, broke the news. Alex also indicated that Khabib wants to defend his lightweight title against Tony Ferguson, then retire undefeated:

“From the start, they offered him 15 million if he agrees,” Alex Nurmagomedov said. “But Khabib said no. Let Conor stand in line, let him fight with others. Khabib wants to fight Ferguson, and then finish his career.”

Shortly after this story broke, White took to social media to address the issue as only he can – well, he actually took a page from Khabib’s book:

“This story is Number 1 BULLSHIT,” White posted on Instagram.

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White also cleared up any uncertainty surrounding Khabib. Stating that the Dagestani would not be going anywhere and that he will defend his UFC lightweight title.

Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor via neck crank at UFC 229. “The Eagle” was dominant throughout much of the contest.

A rematch with McGregor certainly makes financial sense., yet the potential hit to their biggest star’s rep may not be worth it overall. In that sense, you may see McGregor face Nate Diaz in their inevitable trilogy fight before any rematch with Khabib.

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Cat Zingano Faces Megan Anderson in Featherweight Scrap at UFC 232

Cat Zingano will bump up to 145 pounds for her next fight as she takes on former Invicta FC champion Megan Anderson at UFC 232 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas. UFC officials announced the pairing on Wednesday. Off to Vegas!@CatZingano faces off with @MeganA_MM…

Cat Zingano will bump up to 145 pounds for her next fight as she takes on former Invicta FC champion Megan Anderson at UFC 232 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas. UFC officials announced the pairing on Wednesday. Off to Vegas!@CatZingano faces off with @MeganA_MMA in a featherweight matchup. #UFC232 pic.twitter.com/iUHKhq9Ohz — UFC (@ufc) October […]

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