The news that is breaking the hearts of every MMA fan…
The bout between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal was set to be one of the most watched fights in UFC history. The story line: two of the organizations most notorious figures battle for the “Baddest Mother******” title in the main event of UFC 244.
Now, all that has been put to bed.
In an unfortunate turn of events, Nate Diaz has been flagged by USADA for having elevated levels and has been suspended from competition. From Nate Diaz himself, the whole debacle could be due to a tainted supplement.
Your all on steroids not me pic.twitter.com/ykrZmRIoPS
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) October 24, 2019
Despite the fact that Nate Diaz has a stellar track record in regards to being a clean fighter, that doesn’t change the fact that he won’t be competing at UFC 244.
So what is the Jorge Masvidal and the UFC to do in this unfortunate circumstance?
There are only a handful of opponents that would make sense for Jorge Masvidal to fight. UFC Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has thrown his hat into the race, but something tells me that’s not going to happen. The UFC has too much to lose for one of their champions to lose their belt in a short-notice fight.
Another possible option could be Colby Covington. Both Covington and Masvidal were long time training partners and friends at one point, but have since turned rivals. Pitting these two against each other could make for some fireworks and an interesting main event.
All in all, the UFC doesn’t have many options at this point. While Leon Edwards was another consideration it seems the UFC is denying the British fighter the opportunity to fight his bitter rival. For more on this developing news, take a listen to the podcast below.
What do you make of the cancellation of the UFC 244 main event between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal?
Managing Editor at Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.