Who Would Win: Nate Diaz or Jorge Masvidal?

Kevork Djansezian/Zuffa LLC/Getty ImagesNate Diaz returned from a three-year-long layoff in style at UFC 241 in Anaheim. Diaz put it on Anthony Pettis in the co-main event at the Honda Center en route to a unanimous decision win. The crowd was deafening for Diaz all evening and his return was confirmation he is one of…

Who Would Win: Nate Diaz or Jorge Masvidal?

Kevork Djansezian/Zuffa LLC/Getty ImagesNate Diaz returned from a three-year-long layoff in style at UFC 241 in Anaheim. Diaz put it on Anthony Pettis in the co-main event at the Honda Center en route to a unanimous decision win. The crowd was deafening for Diaz all evening and his return was confirmation he is one of the UFC’s biggest stars.And the fun did not stop with the fight. In the post-fight interview, Diaz called his shot for his next fight. If he gets his way, Jorge Masvidal is next. And there is not a more enticing fight in the welterweight division than a clash between Diaz and Masvidal.Everyone seems on board with this callout. The UFC is moving forward with Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington, but this is the fight everybody wants. It’s the money fight. It is the premiere bout in the entire company.If these two dons step inside the cage, who gets their hand raised?Jonathan Snowden: Mixed martial arts promotion is kind of funny. The UFC is a billion-dollar company with vast resources and access to media entities large and small. They have a promoter, Dana White, with a gift for dangling even the most curmudgeonly beat reporter like a puppet, a Svengali with dozens of media minions dancing to his tune.And yet, despite all of that, UFC has a very difficult time getting fans invested in manufactured rivalries. Most of their attempts to create compelling bouts fall flat—fans can smell even the slightest whiff of phoniness and it takes a remarkable performer like Conor McGregor or Ronda Rousey to make it all feel real.But “real” has been the Diaz brothers brand since Nick finished one fight with Joe Riggs in 2006, only to start a second in the hospital after the bout. There’s nothing fake about either brother and it gives every utterance, every call out, every promise, an extra oomph few in the MMA space can match.Jorge Masvidal has a similar energy. When he interrupted what was supposed to be an interview celebrating the biggest win of his own career to casually stroll over and deliver a three-piece and biscuit to a trash-talking Edwards, it was the most Diaz thing to happen in MMA since the brothers abandoned the sport in 2016. When Nate called him out in the cage to contest the fictional “bad motherf–ker” championship of the world, it just felt right. His words rang true. It’s an authenticity you can’t manufacture—all UFC needs to do is step out of the way and let magic happen.Ch
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