Following a recent loss, Nick Diaz could be the rebound fight Jorge Masvidal needs — this is your Fightful Fix Roundup.
Jorge Masvidal interested in Nick Diaz
At UFC 261, Jorge Masvidal lost to Kamaru Usman for the UFC welterweight title. The second straight loss against Usman, Masvidal is in need of a new game plan. Speaking with ESPN, Masvidal discussed the idea of facing a Diaz brother not named Nate.
“If Nick (Diaz) wants to throw down I’m more than willing to throw down. Like I said, I’m going to do it on my time, I’m not taking short-notice fights, no matter who it is," Masvidal said (h/t LowKick MMA). "I’m not going to do that right now. But, if Nick does want to fight towards the end of this year, what can I say, I’m here. You want to do right for your little brother?
"Let’s go. I heard a lot of interviews that he wasn’t too keen on what I did to his little brother. Neither would I. I feel for Nick in that situation. I know what I’d wanna do if somebody did that to my little brother. So, let’s go."
Masvidal faced Nate Diaz at UFC 244 in 2019, beating him to become BMF Champion. Dana White indicated that Nick Diaz wants a fight. Diaz hasn't fought since 2015, when a fight against Anderson Silva was turned into a no-contest. USADA later suspended him for five years after testing positive for marijuana.
A heroes welcome for Francis Ngannou
After cornering longtime friend Kamaru Usman at UFC 261, UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou was ready to finally return home. The 34-year-old from Cameroon returned home for the first time since beating Stipe Miocic for the title at UFC 260.
Ngannou, who has five wins in a row via knockout, is seen via Africa News being chased by fans in Douala while security is around him. It is unknown what is next for Ngannou, as there are rumors of a Derrick Lewis rematch or a clash with Jon Jones.
Conor McGregor loses a familiar customer in his new venture
Like something out of a movie, Conor McGregor recently bought the bar in which he pled guilty to striking an old man in. Speaking with the The Irish Mirror, the man McGregor assaulted responded to the news. Is he concerned?
“I’m not really concerned because I probably wouldn’t be going back to it now," he stated (h/t Metro). "I wouldn’t be going back anyway, probably especially now. I wouldn’t want to be spending money in his pub to be honest."
Back in April 2019, McGregor punched the gentleman after declining a shot of whiskey. McGregor pled guilty to assault and was fined. It appears McGregor tweeted that the man will be barred from the bar. The man did not seem to mind, given their past history.
"I didn’t really make much of it. It’s no skin off my nose really," he went on to say. "The past is in the past. It’s all done and dusted two years ago this month. He had to go to court and he pleaded guilty."
Chris Weidman defends himself
This past weekend at UFC 261, Chris Weidman suffered a gruesome injury during his fight with Uriah Hall, snapping his right fibula and tibia. Undergoing surgery, Weidman is expected to be out for months. Many noticed how similar the injury looked to when Anderson Silva suffered it against Weidman at UFC 168.
There is a picture of Weidman celebrating over a fallen Silva. Those online have called out Weidman for doing so knowing how bad the injury was. While recovering, Weidman decided to clear the air regarding these accusations.
Weidman would state:
"Anyone saying I celebrated when Anderson's leg snapped is entirely wrong. I didn't know his leg snapped. I just thought I checked leg kick good, and he went down in pain, which often happens in sparring. Painful for a short time but gets better quickly-kind of like a body shot. After circling the octagon, I realized that he was in severe pain by his yelling and immediately went and checkd on him and tried to console him. That's when I noticed him holding his leg in place. There was no happiness on my behalf from that point on. I then went and pushed security out of the way so his coaches could get into the octagon and he could have some familiar faces next to go during that horrific event."