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Nate Diaz receives savage comeback after title fight comment

"...I would maul you..."

Fan favourite Nate Diaz was clearly dismissive of of Brazilian welterweight Gilbert Burns – Who did not hold back in his response.

After days of uncertainty, the UFC finally managed to salvage the main event for UFC 251. It was originally slated to feature a welterweight title fight between defending champion Kamaru Usman and surging Brazilian contender Gilbert Burns. While certainly earned, as Burns was riding a six fight winning streak, not all were completely sold on the bout.

One of those was Nate Diaz, who took to social media to make his feelings on the bout clear.

“This is what’s wrong with people claiming they’re fighters settling for less cause they know they’re not worth shit you should’ve fought the next guy in line not the guy who would take less cause he’s told too that’s why no one will remember you guys. This isn’t a title fight,” Diaz wrote.

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However, after contracting Covid-19 Burns was forced out of the fight with Usman at UFC 251. This caused the UFC to scramble to find an alternative, and they got lucky. BMF champ Jorge Masvidal, who has exploded in popularity, was given the opportunity. After successful negotiations and Covid testing, Usman vs Masvidal became official.

Diaz, who faced Masvidal at UFC 244, responded positively to the news, writing “Real fights are better fights” on Twitter. Burns, who typically isn’t the confrontational type, gave Diaz a harsh response.

“Real? I would maul you,” Burns wrote. “I will out grapple you and out box you… and slap you up. Don’t talk about real.”

This exchange prompted many fans to speculate about a potential fight between the two. As of now Diaz hasn’t responded to Burns’ comment, though the latter is expected to to be temporarily quarantined.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com

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