Huge Update On Jorge Masvidal’s UFC Return, Gamebred Targets Colby Covington And Nick Diaz

Published 07/06/2021, 5:53 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Jorge Masvidal battles Kamaru Usman in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Jorge Masvidal last fought in a rematch against the current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 261. ‘Gamebred’ was aiming to avenge his loss, which he suffered in their first bout at UFC 251. However, things didn’t go well for the title challenger as he suffered a second-round KO loss in their rematch.

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Since then, UFC fans are wondering what’s next for ‘Gamebred’?

JACKSONVILLE, FL – APRIL 25: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria punches Jorge Masvidal of the United States during the Welterweight Title bout of UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on April 25, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

Recently, the well-known Journalist Ariel Helwani had a chat with Masvidal‘s manager Abraham Kawa. He asked Kawa regarding Masvidal’s return and then made an Instagram post revealing what could be next for the former title challenger.

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Helwani, in his Instagram post, said – “Spoke to Jorge Masvidal’s manager, Abraham Kawa, about what’s next for Masvidal. He said Masvidal is targeting a return in October/November against either Nick Diaz or Colby Covington”.

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Nick Diaz or Colby Covington, who is likely to go up against Jorge Masvidal?

Colby Covington is currently ranked #1 in the UFC welterweight rankings. Moreover, he is the no. 1 as the title challenger. So, UFC fans might see Covington go up against the current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman instead of Masvidal.

However, it’s not a secret that the former teammates turned foe have bad blood between them. Hence, there is a slight possibility that Covington might be tempted to step inside the octagon against Masvidal.

On the other hand, Nick Diaz last fought against the former middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 183, which resulted in a no contest. Since then, Diaz is looking for a great opponent to make a remarkable comeback. And Masvidal could be a great candidate for Diaz’s return to the octagon.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 31: (R-L) Nick Diaz taunts Anderson Silva of Brazil in their middleweight bout during the UFC 183 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Moreover, Nick Diaz’s brother Nate Diaz fought Masvidal at UFC 244, which resulted in a TKO (Doctor Stoppage) loss for Nate Diaz. So, it’s highly likely that Nick Diaz will be tempted to avenge his brother’s loss against Masvidal.

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As of July 2021, Masvidal has a professional MMA record of 35-15. A fight against Covington or Diaz will be great for his professional resume. Moreover, it will be a highly entertaining bout for UFC fans.

Who should ‘Gamebred’ fight next?

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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