Jorge Masvidal Thinks California Crowd ‘Influenced’ Judges’ Decision, Calls For Trilogy Fight With Nate Diaz In ‘Neutral Place’

"Gamebred" wants the third fight with Nate to take place outside Cali.

Jorge Masvidal Talks Loss To Nate Diaz
Jorge Masvidal Talks Loss To Nate Diaz - Image credit @MACLife Youtube
  • Jorge Masvidal believed the judges’ decision was impacted by the California crowd rooting for Nate Diaz
  • “Gamebred” is happy about how entertaining the fight was

Jorge Masvidal is blaming the Nate Diaz’s hometown fans for his decision loss and wants the third fight to happen in a different state.

The crowd was impactful

Speaking to the media after the fight, “Gamebred” opened up about how disadvantageous it was for him to fight Diaz in his hometown in California. Masvidal suggested that because of the crowd, the judges thought Diaz was winning but it was him who landed more “meaningful shots” and punches to secure a victory.

“I definitely know the judges were influenced by the crowd because a lot of those shots were landing in the corner. I was just getting my timing, he’d throw three or four shots that wouldn’t land and then I’d throw a good power shot. I’d see that I’d hurt him and I’d back him up or he would start goofing around. Hurt him to the body numerous times,” Masvidal explained.

“I think one or two of the judges only gave me two rounds. There’s just no way. We were looking at the fight right now in the locker room, the meaningful shots, and a lot more of the meaningful shots were landed by me. I just feel that it didn’t go my way, but whatever. We’re 1-1, we can run it back some place like Vegas. Make it a neutral place and let’s f**king throw down,” he continued.

After 10 rounds of boxing, Diaz defeated Masvidal via majority decision (95-95, 97-93, 98-92). For “Gamebred,” he already knew that if he didn’t score a knockout, there’s a great chance he’ll lose the fight.

“From what I saw, I definitely hurt him more than he ever hurt me. I got way cleaner shots, especially to the body. He never even did anything to my body. I definitely hurt his body, and a couple times that I hurt him, he backed up. He put a lot of pressure and he was coming forward but he never hurt me. I don’t think he landed any meaningful punches. Eight rounds to two is f**king nuts. Whatever, it’s California. I knew I had to get a knockout or some sh*t like this,” he added.

It was still a great fight

In conclusion, Masvidal is still glad that he and Diaz were able to pull off a great show. Despite the loss, “Gamebred” feels fulfilled knowing he gave the fans what their money’s worth.

“I know no matter what, we put on a great fight,” Masvidal concluded. “The shit people are saying online, everybody’s loving it, so I know it was a great fight, win or lose. Obviously, win first over everything, but entertaining the crowd is another big part of it, so I’m glad we got to entertain everybody and we could probably sell out another arena wherever the f**k it’s at.”

As it stands, Masvidal and Diaz are now 1-1 as “Gamebred” won in the first match at UFC 244. While Masvidal is clearly looking forward to a trilogy fight, Diaz insists he is focused only on rematches with Jake Paul and Leon Edwards.

Watch Masvidal’s full presser below:

Published on July 7, 2024 at 11:19 am
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