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Jorge Masvidal Reveals Nate Diaz To Be His Opponent For His Pro Boxing Debut In March

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Jorge Masvidal (R) and Nate Diaz (L) appear to be in for a boxing rematch following their 2019 UFC 244 bout which ended in a controversial stoppage win for Masvidal due to a severe cut on Nate Diaz. (Photo by Erick W. Rasco /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: X163048 TK1 )

Last year, UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal promised he would debut in professional boxing in 2024 and he now appears to have found his opponent in former UFC champion Nate Diaz who last competed against Jake Paul in 2023. The boxing match will be a redux of their 2019 UFC fight where Masvidal ended up the winner by technical knockout (TKO) after a doctor stopped the match due to a deep cut suffered by Diaz.

MMA outlet Happy Punch reports that this match-up will take place in March of this year in Las Vegas, Nevada. No specific date or venue for the fight has yet been confirmed, however.

Jorge Masvidal, 39, will be coming out of the retirement he had gone into following his last professional MMA match in the UFC against Gilbert Burns in April of 2023. Masvidal announced as such with a cryptic message on Twitter that read “unretired”, suggesting he will compete in combat sports once more; though he has not confirmed whether this will be in MMA or boxing.

Nate Diaz. 38. is no new customer to professional boxing following his August 5th unanimous decision (UD) loss to Jake Paul in 2023. Though Diaz was largely dominated by Paul during their bout, the former UFC superstar at least has a pedigree in pro boxing that gives him an edge over Masvidal.

A fight between the two would be a polarizing venture given the wear and tear of the two former UFC fighters and their inexperience in professional boxing, yet the match would also likely be highly-entertaining as both fighters are known for their aggression due to their MMA careers―which may spice up their upcoming boxing match.

Las Vegas appears to be the perfect stage for the two former MMA fighters to showcase their boxing skills, and despite neither fighter likely planning to be competitive in the sport itself, Masvidal’s previous promise to “murder” his opponent, now confirmed to be Nate Diaz, can further enflame the intense rivalry that seems to have persisted since their 2019 “BMF” UFC match.