“How do you not make that fight? That’s the fight that makes feeling,” White said at the write-up-combat press meeting for UFC 253. “The Nate Diaz rematch is going to be there no make any difference what comes about.”
White clarified that the new matchup was not the result of any negotiations that went south with Diaz. He added, “I really do not even know if we talked to Nate still.”
A previous interim champ, Covington dropped a bid for the welterweight belt towards Kamaru Usman this previous December and arrived roaring back with a dominant get about Woodley. Afterward, he obtained a cell phone call on dwell Television set from President Donald Trump and cut an insult-loaded promo with Usman that included racially charged language. UFC broadcast partner ESPN deleted a video clip clip of the job interview, but White stated Covington would not be censored.
Covington’s performance wasn’t adequate to leapfrog Gilbert Burns, who was provided a title shot from Usman at UFC 251 before a constructive COVID-19 examination forced him to withdraw. In Burns’ spot went Masvidal, who stepped up on small discover and misplaced a final decision to Usman.
White hasn’t sketched out a time frame for Usman vs. Burns, but it’s very likely the Covington vs. Masvidal combat would provide as a title eliminator for the winner of the combat. It’s also a chance for a large funds seize with a grudge match involving previous coaching partners turned enemies.
Covington’s feud with Masvidal resulted in actual physical separation at their longtime gymnasium, American Best Staff, right before a rule on trash-speaking teammates proved to be Covington’s ouster from the facility. He later on joined the MMA Masters workforce.
Diaz has been inactive given that a fight for the “BMF” title versus Masvidal at UFC 244. Masvidal gained the combat when the cageside medical professional refused to permit Diaz to carry on due to injury sustained in the battle. The two promptly agreed to a rematch, but the opportunity did not materialize right until earlier this calendar year.
Then Covington stepped on the scene and altered everyone’s plans.