This past weekend at UFC 244, Diaz was not allowed to continue after the third round in his main event fight against Masvidal to crown the first ever “baddest motherf*cker” champion. The ringside physician stopped the fight due to a huge laceration over Diaz’s right eye that he suffered in the opening round but progressively got worse in each passing minute.
Immediately afterwards, Masvidal told Diaz that they could run it back in a rematch but UFC president Dana White quickly pumped the brakes on immediately putting them back into the Octagon together following a fairly one-sided fight.
Masvidal had won every round decisively but Diaz was still willing to fight until the doctor wouldn’t allow him to continue.
Now just a few days removed from the main event battle, Diaz appears uninterested in pursuing a rematch after posting a fiery message via Instagram late Wednesday night.
“F*ck a rematch. This sh*t was over before it started,” Diaz wrote. “Goin on out on tour. Peace out fight game.”
At the UFC 244 post fight press conference, Diaz referenced what he called “f*ckery” that could prevent him from receiving an immediate rematch against Masvidal despite both fighters showing interest in meeting again.
He then said if politics got in the way of finishing what he started with Masvidal, he might just fade into the background again for another three years after previously sitting out between 2016 and 2019 before making his return this past August.
Diaz had been at odds with the promotion ever since losing a majority decision to Conor McGregor at UFC 202 before initially planning to fight last November in a lightweight showdown against Dustin Poirier.
When that fight fell apart, Diaz once again sat on the sidelines until another golden opportunity presented itself when he faced Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 in August. Following a decisive win in that fight, Diaz turned his attention towards Masvidal, which culminated in the main event brawl at UFC 244.
It appears Diaz is once again ready to fade out of the spotlight for an extended period of time with the UFC balking at a potential rematch with Masvidal.