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UFC news: Nate Diaz hints at retirement, Jorge Masvidal too strong for Conor McGregor, Francis Ngannou training for Tyson Fury

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The end?

Nate Diaz appears to have hinted he is ready to retire from fighting days after losing to Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244.

A doctor called the fight off after round three at Madison Square Garden due because of lacerations to his eye as a result of Masvidal’s elbow.

On Thursday morning, Diaz, who has won 20 of his 32 MMA fights, suggested he was walking away from the octagon, with a post on Instagram.

“F**k a rematch this s**t was over before it started.” he said alluding to his cuts.

Diaz has hinted he wants to retire from UFC

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Diaz has hinted he wants to retire from UFC

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Size matters

Conor McGregor would need to connect with a shot early if he wanted to stand a chance against Jorge Masvidal, says Georges St-Pierre’s former coach, Firas Zahabi.

Masvidal, who beat Nate Diaz for his BMF belt at UFC 244 on Saturday via a doctor’s stoppage, believes McGregor does not want to face him and said he would f**k him up.

And the owner of Montreal’s famed Tristar Gym, Zahabi, believes the size difference between ‘Gamebred’ and ‘Notorious’ would prove the difference.

Masvidal says he would f**k up Conor McGregor

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Masvidal says he would f**k up Conor McGregor

“I think [Masvidal] beats McGregor,” Zahabi said on TriStar Gym’s YouTube channel. “I think McGregor is a great fighter, I just think Masvidal is too big. He’s a great puncher and has a great chin. If he takes McGregor past the two rounds, it’s going to be the Masvidal show.

“I think he’s very smart. He’s gonna do it,” he continued. “I’m not saying McGregor has no chance of winning, but he’d have to win early and he’d have to connect with the left. And, everybody kind of knows now what McGregor does. I think Masvidal’s gonna have a really good game plan, come really prepared, and he’s a lot bigger.

“If McGregor had a hard time with Nate, he’s going to have a tremendously difficult time with Masvidal.”


Learn from the best

Mike Tyson gave UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou a boxing masterclass as talk of a fight with Tyson Fury continues to heat up.

After having Fury on his podcast earlier this year, ‘Iron Mike’ has now welcomed Ngannou and it appears the conversation quickly turned to a potential crossover showdown.

Fury and Ngannou have exchanged pleasantries on social media and the Cameroon power-puncher, who has knocked out 10 of his 17 opponents, including Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos this year, has taken tips from Tyson.

It didn’t long for Fury to respond, however, telling Ngannou he will give him a lesson of his own.

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