One of the UFC’s biggest fights of 2019 may be getting run back according to UFC President Dana White.
Madison Square Garden was the location of one of the most interesting UFC cards of all-time in November 2019. The card featured a fight for a made-up championship, The Rock presenting said championship and had the President of the United States in attendance. The fight for the newly made “BMF” Championship was a battle of UFC fan favorites in Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz. The pair had traded words back and forth heading into the fight, and their fighting styles made it easy for the UFC to put a fun belt on the line.
Masvidal would end up being victorious that night, as he beat Diaz from pillar to post, and finished Diaz in the third round controversially after the doctor stopped the fight due to a cut on Diaz’s eye. The ending was a controversial one that led to an angry crowd and a disappointing end for a fight that was so heavily hyped up going in. Both men called for a rematch to get a satisfying conclusion in the post-fight interviews however the rematch never happened as Jorge Masvidal fought Kamaru Usman next. That may soon no longer be the case according to Dana White and a previous report from TMZ Sports.
According to Dana White, the UFC is targeting a rematch for the UFC 256 card on December 12. If delivered, it would be one of the biggest fights on an already stacked card. Given that Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson and Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns are two championship bouts targeted for the card.
The winner of the bout would also be right back into title contention at 170 pounds. Jorge Masvidal just fought and came up short against Kamaru Usman in July, however prior to that he went on an insane streak of finishes culminating in his win over Diaz at 244. Diaz on the other hand hasn’t been seen since the loss to Masvidal in November, however, prior to that, he had won three of his last four bouts, including his win over Conor McGregor in 2016 that helped propel him into superstardom.