Nate Diaz and Kamaru Usman have gone back and forth on Twitter teasing a future fight for the UFC welterweight championship — this and much more on Wednesday's social media roundup.
Nate Diaz and Kamaru Usman go back and forth on Twitter teasing a future fight against each other
After Nate Diaz lost quite convincingly to Leon Edwards at UFC 263, talk of him fighting for a UFC title any time soon basically vanished.
However, Diaz's typical trash-talking has once again lured Kamaru Usman into acknowledging him on Twitter.
Check out the Twitter posts which Diaz targeted at Usman below.
Who dis guy fighting next ?— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) June 22, 2021
Someone he already koed ---- pic.twitter.com/x3dFqMvVaZ
Ur locked down you do what ur told to do like a good champion pic.twitter.com/nl6xRUopZ2— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) June 22, 2021
Your doing great champ— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) June 23, 2021
I wasn’t trying to disrespect
Have a good fight with one of those poor guys you beat up ..
Usman then responded to Diaz's tweets.
I see you 209. If you really want this 187 then call your boy hunter --— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) June 22, 2021
Key word “CHAMPION” lol. All you guys just internet tough guys nowadays. Like I said if you really want this pressure then holla at your boy hunter--— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) June 23, 2021
It would be very controversial if Diaz was the next fighter to face Usman but from a business point of view, it would make perfect sense as the fight would most likely generate millions of pay-per-view buys.
Would you like to see a fight between Diaz and Usman?
Kelvin Gastelum and Henry Cejudo train together
Ahead of his fight against Jared Cannonier, UFC middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum has been training with the former two-division UFC champion Henry Cejudo.
Relive the legendary Don Frye vs Yoshihiro Takayama fight
Don Frye— Connoisseur of Combat (@ConOfCombat) June 23, 2021
19 years ago pic.twitter.com/PKD4IQwlZg
On this day 14 years ago...
On this exact day 14 years ago, the MMA world was made fully aware of Nate Diaz when he won the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Nate Diaz made his official UFC debut 14 years ago today.— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) June 23, 2021
Fighting at lightweight, Diaz defeated Manny Gamburyan to win the fifth season of 'The Ultimate Fighter.' pic.twitter.com/EhRuReoVdh
Ciryl Gane's journey to the top of the UFC heavyweight division
Ciryl Gane's rise to being a top contender in the UFC's heavyweight division has not been an overnight success story.
Gane has worked incredibly hard and gone through a lot to get where he is today.
Check out the video below of Gane explaining his journey through MMA.
Potential Francis Ngannou vs Derrick Lewis fight pushed back by a month
Francis Ngannou's first defence of his UFC heavyweight title is looking likely to be a rematch with Derrick Lewis.
The target date for the fight has always been August, but due to scheduling conflicts it is looking like the fight will not take place until September according to Ariel Helwani.
UFC hoped to book Francis Ngannou x Derrick Lewis 2 for Aug. 7 but that is currently looking like a long shot at this point, sources say. Scheduling conflicts.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 23, 2021
Nothing finalized at the moment but September is now a new target, I’m told.
UFC 264 promo has everybody hyped
It is fair to say that the entire MMA community is counting down the days until UFC 264 where Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor will meet for the third time in one of the biggest fights in UFC history.
Despite the natural excitement from the fans, the promo below is also a reason why fans are so excited about the fight.
Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad reignite their beef
After Belal Muhammad defeated UFC veteran Demian Maia at UFC 263, he called out Leon Edwards for a rematch.
Edwards, as expected, shut down all talk of a rematch as he is looking for a title fight against Kamaru Usman next.
This has led to Edwards and Muhammad going back and forth on Twitter.
See the interaction below.
Where was this energy in person I just sin you fight week n you couldn’t even look at me you walk past with you head down ---- wtf is happening here https://t.co/j7kVm7zzQc— Leon 'Rocky' Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) June 23, 2021
Claressa Shields to re-enter the cage before her next boxing match
Claressa Shields made her MMA debut just a few weeks ago where she won via TKO in the third round.
Shields is now set for a quick turnaround as she is set to fight again in PFL in August.
Claressa Shields’ second pro MMA fight for PFL is set for Aug. 27, per promotion officials. Opponent TBD. Shields will not box between now and then.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 22, 2021
Coincidentally, if Kayla Harrison wins on Friday and advances to the playoffs, her next fight is also scheduled for that card.