Nearly everyone wants to see the fight between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz for the “Baddest Mother F**ker” title. So, if it cannot go on as planned, then there should be no replacement.
After delivering one of his patented call-outs following his unanimous decision win over Anthony Pettis at UFC 241, Diaz turned his attention to someone he sees as a fellow gangster in mixed martial arts, the aforementioned Masvidal. He was in attendance that night and simply could not hide his obvious glee over a potential meeting with Diaz for his next appearance since making history at UFC 239 with a five-second knockout over Ben Askren.
Diaz wanted it. Masvidal wanted it. The fans wanted it. Soon, the desire for a fight between Diaz and Masvidal became far too great to ignore, and the UFC brass knew what had to be done. A few weeks later, we got ourselves a main event for the next card at the legendary Madison Square Garden, and it would be none other than Diaz and Masvidal at the top of the billing.
Oh, and that imagined BMF title Diaz was talking about during his post-fight interviews? That became a real thing. And it was perfect considering the two people now vying for that title were indeed two of the baddest mother f**kers in the sport.
Say what you will about their records or their overall statuses, but both Diaz and Masvidal have proven time and time again that they will fight literally any and everybody put in front of them. What makes this even better is that there is no need for cheap trash talk or discussion about advancement in the rankings. Diaz and Masvidal just want to fight and that is something we all want to see.
So, when Diaz recently posted a note to his social media accounts revealing that he removed himself from UFC 244 after the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) alerted him of a potential violation, we were left dumbfounded. The announcement of a doping violation is something that no one may have seen coming from Diaz, who prides himself on living a particularly clean lifestyle, but that was not the only reason we were stunned.
Your all on steroids not me pic.twitter.com/ykrZmRIoPS
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) October 24, 2019
If Diaz is supposedly not going to make it to UFC 244 because of this whole debacle, then that means the fight with Masvidal is in jeopardy of being canceled. And if the fight gets canceled, then what good is the BMF title?
In normal circumstances, a fighter being scrapped from a fight would just be replaced by someone else who is willing to make the weight and show up on short-notice for fight night. Unfortunately, these are not normal circumstances. When two of the most dynamic personas in the sport are set to meet for a rare prize fight like this one, you simply cannot replace either of them. It would not make any sense.
A number of fighters like former champion Conor McGregor and ranked contender Leon Edwards let it be known that they were willing to step up and face Masvidal if Diaz was unable to fight. If this were any other time, then these fights would be absolutely fine to see considering Masvidal does have some sort of tie to the fighters who have called him out. However, right now, none of them are a suitable option for Masvidal, who was about to take part in one of the most highly anticipated fights of the year. Switching it up at the last minute against someone else who may or may not be a greater risk with lesser reward? No.
At this point, it’s too late to get excited about anyone else meeting Masvidal at UFC 244. It has to be Diaz.
Without Nate Diaz, there is no BMF title fight. A replacement would take away from this occasion, which is why one should not be sought out. Here’s to hoping whatever happens with Diaz is straightened out immediately so that we can see the fight we have all been waiting for.
UFC 244 takes place on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, live from Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. Follow along with HowToWatchUFC.Com, who will be on-site, for all your live results and highlights.