Nate Diaz Blasts Usman vs. Burns Matchup: ‘This Isn’t a Title Fight’

By Tristen Critchfield Jun 9, 2020


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At least one person isn’t impressed with the recent announcement that Kamaru Usman will make his next welterweight title defense against Gilbert Burns.

Nate Diaz blasted the booking via Twitter on Tuesday, claiming that the bout wasn’t a real title fight. Diaz lost to the man who was supposed to be the No. 1 contender, Jorge Masvidal, in his last Octagon appearance at UFC 244. Masvidal has been unhappy regarding the amount of money offered for a potential booking against Usman.

“This is what’s wrong with people claiming they’re fighters settling for less cause they know they’re not worth s—t,” Diaz wrote. “You should’ve fought the next guy in line, not the guy who would take less cause he’s told to.

“That’s why no one will remember you guys. This isn’t a title fight.”



Masvidal claimed that the promotion offered him less for a title fight with Usman than his “BMF” championship matchup against Diaz.

“Why make me fight for half of what I made on my last fight cause the other dude can’t draw?” Masvidal wrote on Twitter. Usman will face Burns at UFC 251 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on July 11. Burns earned a shot at the belt with a dominant five-round verdict over ex-champion Tyron Woodley at UFC on ESPN 9 on May 30, his fifth consecutive 170-pound triumph.

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