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Reports of my retirement have been greatly exaggerated
Nate Diaz stepping away from the octagon? Never.
The UFC favourite suggested he was done with the fight game shortly after losing to Jorge Masvidal at Madison Square Garden in the main event at UFC 244.
“F*** a rematch this s*** was over before it started,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “I’m goin on out on tour. Peace out fight game.”
Prior to fighting Anthony Pettis in August, Diaz took a three-year hiatus, but told ESPN: “Who said I was retired? I’ll fight tonight.
“I’ll fight forever. I’m never going to retire, that’s for sure.”
Punk v Paul?
KSI has told beaten rival Logan Paul to fight former wrestler CM Punk in an MMA bout.
The Brit won a six-round cruiserweight rematch against Paul in the early hours of Sunday morning in Los Angeles and has told the American who he should challenge next.
Punk’s UFC career ended 0-2 after making the switch in 2014 and he was comfortably dispatched by both Micky Gall and Mike Jackson.
UFC president Dana White was widely criticised for giving Punk a shot without any MMA experience and could come in for more criticism if he is to even entertain a fight between the limited former WWE star and a YouTube personality.
UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman believes Jorge Masvidal is over-hyped and he is not convinced with his three-fight winning streak.
It has been an impressive 2019 for Masvidal, who first beat Darren Till, then knocked out Ben Askren inside five seconds at UFC 239 to set up the BMF title fight with Nate Diaz, which he won via doctor stoppage.
However, Usman believes ‘Gamebred’ has had the luck of the draw in terms of opponents and he has not been impressed.
“I wouldn’t say [I’ve been] impressed,” Usman explained when speaking to MMA Fighting. “Because it’s Masvidal, nothing’s changed. He’s the same guy. He’s fought the same way forever. It’s just the luck of the draw. He’s getting that luck of the draw.
“Let’s be honest, Darren Till dropped him in the first round of their fight, and let’s say if he didn’t land that punch [in the second round], how does that fight play out?
Had he not landed that knee [against Ben Askren]—and I’m not going to say it’s lucky because he drilled that—how does that fight play out?
“There’s a lot of questions to be answered.
“I’ve yet to see him fight a full-on welterweight from start to finish and completely dominate them,” Usman said about Masvidal “Then at that point I can say this is a different guy. But I think right now he’s riding the wave, and he’s got the luck of the draw on his side.
“Ultimately, you can’t knock anything that he’s done. I think he’s done a phenomenal job with the opportunity he’s been presented with and he’s ran away with it. I’m happy for him on that end.”
Tyson Fury has caused a stir in the MMA world by uploading a video of himself learning the sport with Darren Till over the weekend.
The ‘Gypsy King’ previously talked up a potential crossover bout against UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic or Francis Ngannou, and has now continued to tease a switch.
In the clips, Fury is instructed by middleweight Till to hit the pads with elbows and knees and the Liverpudlian certainly feels the force.