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Jorge Masvidal explains Nate Diaz boxing rematch date change: ‘Nate’s a f—king idiot’


The build up to Jorge Masvidal’s combat sports return hasn’t been ideal for “Gamebred.”

Masvidal, 39, was originally scheduled to take on Nate Diaz in a boxing rematch of their November 2019 mixed martial arts (MMA) bout inside the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, California on June 1, 2024. However, after assessing the scheduling conflict with UFC 302 on that same night in Newark, New Jersey, the event was relocated to the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, and delayed until July 6, 2024.

“You don’t want to go up against other dates and other fight events,” Masvidal told ESPN. “Especially, you don’t want to go up against UFC. So, from the beginning, I was trying to switch this date. Nate’s a f—king idiot. He was adamant about staying on that date because he’s not a UFC employee no more and, ‘I don’t have to do nothing for the UFC,’ and this and that.

“It just doesn’t make sense, especially when I know Nate thinks he’s a boxer now because he boxed the Jake Paul guy, but he’s not a boxer,” he continued. “He doesn’t have a boxing fanbase. The fanbase that he has is from MMA and UFC. So, why go up against our own fanbase? Me as a promoter, I’m thinking I don’t even want to do it. I know a lot of fight fans would buy both or watch both events, but in my opinion, why even do it if there were dates that weren’t conflicting?”

Masvidal was openly displeased to be going up against UFC before the change happened. “Gamebred” noted how even one week earlier (Sat., May 25, 2024) was a perfectly open and acceptable date.

When Masvidal and Diaz collide for the second time in a combat sports contest, it will be Masvidal’s first appearance in action since his unanimous decision loss to Gilbert Burns in April 2023. Masvidal announced his retirement from MMA after the bout and has been promoting his Gamebred Bareknuckle promotion and the occasional boxing event since. Masvidal’s last victory came in his first clash with Diaz when he became the inaugural Baddest Motherf—ker (BMF) champion by earning a third round doctor’s stoppage technical knockout.

“I don’t like that another month and a week got added to this already long training camp,” Masvidal said. “In hindsight, it doesn’t really matter because I’m making the transition from one sport to another. So the more time I get to practice and perfect my craft, sharpen my tools, it doesn’t hurt me or bother me.

“Now, Nate Diaz’s ass is somebody that does bother me and I want to f—k him up,” he continued. “We could have had this fight at an earlier date but this guy’s such a f—king diva and a f—king coward that he wouldn’t want to fight in Miami, didn’t want to fight in Texas because things didn’t go his way in Texas against Jake Paul. Didn’t want to fight in New York. Didn’t want to fight in California unless it was in his hometown. I’m here pent up, frustrated, training my ass off every day just to get in there with this guy, and f—king hurt him.”

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