Nick Diaz Returns to Octagon After 4 Years to Face Jorge Masvidal at UFC 235
Nick Diaz versus Jorge Masvidal at UFC 235
After 4 years, Nick Diaz is finally ready to step back into the UFC’s Octagon. First reported by Brett Okamoto of ESPN, Nick Diaz (26-9-2) will fight Jorge Masvidal (32-13) on March 2’nd, 2019 at UFC 235 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Breaking: The UFC is close to finalizing Nick Diaz's return to the Octagon, per Dana White. The fight is Jorge Masvidal at UFC 235 on March 2 in Las Vegas. Diaz's first appearance in more than four years. Story coming soon to @ESPN.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 15, 2018
We last saw Nick Diaz fight at UFC 183 on January 31’st, 2015 where he lost to Anderson Silva by unanimous decision. That decision was overturned after Silva tested positive for anabolic steroids. Diaz also tested positive for marijuana, leading to the fight being called a No-Contest.
Diaz would then suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for 18 months. The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) later suspended Diaz for 12 months. USADA handed Diaz a 12-month suspension for not telling them where he was on 3 separate occasions for random out-of-competition drug tests.
Nick Diaz was cleared to fight in April of this year but in May he faced a bigger battle. In a serious development, a woman accused Diaz of domestic violence. In late August the Stockton, California native was cleared of all charges.
Like his opponent, Jorge Masvidal has been out of competition for a good amount of time. Masvidal hasn’t been out as long as Diaz but when fight day is upon us it will be nearly a year-and-a-half.
Jorge Masvidal has been an incredibly active fighter in his MMA career. Since 2013 Masvidal has fought 3 times a year excluding 2018, where he didn’t fight at all. But he’s coming off of two straight losses, both by decision. Masivdal will look to rebound in a tough fight against Nick Diaz.
Nick Diaz and Jorge Masvidal are fan-favorite fighters due to the way they fight. They are 35 (Diaz) and 34 (Masvidal) but will still show up to fight once the Octagon doors close. This will be a highly talked about and anticipated matchup for the UFC and its fans.
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