UFC president Dana White has provided a fresh update on Nate Diaz with an image of his repaired face following his loss to Jorge Masvidal.
A doctor’s stoppage forced Diaz out of his UFC 244 main event bout at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, as Masvidal won the specially designed ‘Baddest Motherf***er’ BMF belt.
White posted a photo on his Instagram of Diaz after he received 25 stitches for cuts above and below his right eye, writing: “Respect to @natediaz209 for pushing the Dr to continue,” he wrote.
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These cuts were much worse then they looked on TV. Respect to @natediaz209 for pushing the Dr to continue.
The injury occurred during the first round when, during a clinch, a elbow from ‘Gamebred’ caught Diaz on the eyebrow, the same place he was cut against Anthony Pettis just 77 days ago.
Those in attendance booed the result and chanted “bullsh*t” when it was announced Diaz would no longer be allowed to continue.
Having seen how bad the damage was to Diaz’s eye, White said he was happy with the stoppage.
“It happens in this game,” White said. “At first I was itching and pissed off and I said they didn’t stop the Tyson Fury fight [against Otto Wallin] and that cut was nasty.
“Then I walk back and I saw Nate Diaz and his eyebrow was literally flipped over under his eye. He had another cut under his eye.
“It’s easy sitting in my chair thinking it shouldn’t be stopped. The reason we love Nate is because he’s so tough and durable. But it didn’t look good.”
Diaz, who is notorious for cutting easily, was unhappy with the stoppage and hit out at UFC chief White.
“He’s full of it. When he said that to me … it’s the same as every fight. I have this same cut every time,” Diaz said.
“After I fought Pettis, I went back and trained a week later and split it back open halfway. This thing always cuts open.
“That’s what he does though. He says, ‘Ah, I think he didn’t stand a chance in there. It’s good they stopped it’. How many fights you been in Dana?”