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On Tuesday night, while speaking to MMA Junkie and other reporters in Las Vegas following the “Contender Series,” UFC president Dana White denied Masvidal’s claim that negotiations have begun between the two fighters.
“Why, did I say I was doing Diaz and Masvidal on Saturday (at the UFC 241 post-event news conference)?” White said. “Well … they asked me, and I said, ‘Who doesn’t want to see that fight?'”
“No, no progress,” White added.
Earlier Tuesday, Masvidal issued his first response to Diaz’s callout on his new YouTube channel, where he said he’d be ready to go by the end of the year. After Diaz defeated Anthony Pettis this past weekend at UFC 241, the Stockton, Calif., native proceeded to respectfully call out Masvidal.
“All respect to the man, but there ain’t no gangsters in this game anymore,” Diaz said. “There ain’t nobody who’s done it right but me and him. I know my man’s a gangster, but he ain’t no West Coast gangster.”
A giddy Masvidal was seen on screen welcoming the callout, which has sparked buzz about a potential showdown between the two fan favorites.
White might be putting a stop to talks now, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Diaz and Masvidal won’t eventually throw down. Both men have continuously expressed their desire to increase their pay, which means negotiations could take longer than desired.
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