Nate Diaz & Jorge Masvidal Boxing Match Rescheduled to Independence Day Weekend

Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal are now preparing for a real fireworks show in the ring.

The 39-year-old half-Mexican American mixed martial artist and professional boxer’s upcoming encounter with the 39-year-old Peruvian & Cuban American professional boxer and former professional mixed martial artist inside a boxing ring has a new date and venue.

Nate DiazDiaz vs. Masvidal, originally slated for June 1 at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California, will now relocate to the Honda Center in Anaheim and take place during Independence Day weekend on July 6.

The 10-round light heavyweight showdown will be presented on Fanmio PPV.

The original date was met with heavy competition as UFC 302 is scheduled for the same night in Newark, New Jersey, where Islam Makhachev will defend the lightweight championship against Dustin Poirier. The same day, Dmitry Bivol defends his WBA light heavyweight championship against late replacement Malik Zinad while Deontay Wilder returns to action against Zhilei Zhang on the same card.

“I sell pay-per-views for a living,” said Masvidal to ESPN. Masvidal is the promoter of Gamebred boxing as well as the bare-knuckle MMA promotion Gamebred Fighting Championship and MMA promotion iKON FC. “You don’t want to go up against other fight events and you definitely don’t want to go up against the UFC. I have been trying to switch the date from the beginning.”

Masvidal said that Diaz initially wasn’t cooperative and adamant that their boxing match take place on June 1. But the former UFC title contender said that making the move to a new date would prevent splitting the attention of fans who wanted to watch. He also stated that the event, billed as “Last Man Standing,” was moved to Anaheim to service a starved MMA fanbase that routinely turns out for UFC events in the city.

“It just doesn’t make sense but he’s not a boxer and he doesn’t have a boxing fan base,” Masvidal continued. “The fanbase he has is from MMA, from the UFC. Why go up against our own fanbase? As a promoter, I never wanted to go against them. I know fans may buy both events but why do it if there are other dates available? Finally, the promotion heeded my advice and we were able to change dates.”

The inaugural press tour for the fight was a contentious one as two fighters traded barbs with Masvidal accusing Diaz of being a “diva” during the promotion. “Gamebred” does have concerns that Diaz may not make it to the fight.

“I just felt like he didn’t want to be a part of the press tour,” Masvidal said. “I just hope he shows up to the fight because a big part of me doesn’t think he will. We have some backups out there. We have been making some calls and hunting them down because the feeling is out there that he won’t show up. I hope he proves me wrong, but we have a backup just in case.”

Diaz and Masvidal first squared off inside of the UFC‘s Octagon in 2019 when the two fan favorites competed for the inaugural BMF championship at UFC 244. The highly anticipated encounter ended on a sour note when a doctor’s stoppage due to a cut over Diaz’s eye awarded Masvidal the victory. Now the two will settle their differences in a different medium, but both fighters are looking for a definitive result on July 6

“After the fireworks on the Fourth of July you will get to see a funeral on July 6,” said Masvidal.

Deiveson Figueiredo Defeats Brandon Moreno to Reclaim UFC Flyweight Title

Deiveson Figueiredo has reclaimed his belt…

The 34-year-old Brazilian professional mixed martial artist (21-2-1) reclaimed the 125-pound title he lost to Brandon Moreno (19-6-2) in August by defeating his Mexican rival in a unanimous decision.

All three judges scored the flyweight title fight, which co-headlined UFC 270 inside the Honda Center, in favor of Figueiredo, 48-47.

Saturday’s result brings the rivalry to an even record of 1-1-1. The two fought to a draw in December 2020, before Moreno dominated Figueiredo in their second meeting. After losing by submission in the rematch, however, Figueiredo looked like a completely different fighter in the trilogy, as his cardio and mental preparation was obvious.

“Today is my day,” Figueiredo said. “For this moment, for Brandon, for us to give you the gift of a fight of the night, for everyone who was here. I’ve been away from my family for four months. I’m ready for a fourth fight against Brandon in Mexico.”

According to UFC Stats, Moreno outlanded Figueiredo 106-95 in total strikes. But Figueiredo landed several devastating strikes, including a heavy right hand that knocked Moreno down, badly hurting him, at the end of the third round.

“I feel like I threw the better combinations with more speed, maybe he connected a little bit more power,” Moreno said. “Obviously, I thought I won, but it is what it is right now. I feel I was putting better pace on the fight. I don’t know. I need to watch the fight again and see what happened.”

The trilogy bout saw the best of both men. Moreno’s boxing and footwork were on display all night. He had great success with his left hook at the end of exchanges and was hard to track down in wrestling scrambles. Figueiredo answered with heavy low leg kicks that knocked Moreno off balance and powerful right hands.

Figueiredo left his native Brazil ahead of Saturday’s fight to train with former flyweight and bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo in Arizona, and his adjustments clearly paid off. His patience was better, and his weight cut during fight week was noticeably improved from August.

 

Moreno’s popularity exploded after he won the belt. Saturday’s crowd was heavily in his favor and played a big role in the UFC setting a new gate record at the Honda Center.

 

The loss was Moreno’s first since May 2018.

Ricky Martin & Enrique Iglesias Officially Kicking Off Highly Awaited Co-Headlining Tour This Fall

It’s déjà vu for Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias.

The 49-year-old Puerto Rican superstar and the 46-year-old Spanish superstar are officially kicking off their highly awaited co-headlining tour this fall.

Enrique Iglesias & Ricky Martin

The 26-date North America tour is confirmed to kick off September 25 At Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena and wrap up on November 20 at Anaheim’s Honda Center. The iconic pop stars will also visit fans in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and more.

Colombian star Sebastian Yatra will perform as a special guest on the trek in select cities.

“To say we are going on tour has lifted all of our spirits after the profoundly difficult year the world has gone through and still is,” Martin said in a statement. “Myself and my entire crew are very excited to bring our best live show safely all over the U.S. and Canada, and let the music bring the healing power and happiness that we all need.”

Iglesias and Martin first announced they were going to tour together in early March 2020, just weeks before the global pandemic shut down much of the world.

“I thought this would happen some time, but didn’t know when,” Iglesias said at a press conference last year, while Yatra called the invitation to join the tour the “most surreal moment in my life.” “If I didn’t have the chance to be on stage, I would buy a ticket to see you,” Yatra told his new tour mates. “I visualized this in my life. They are two of my biggest idols.”

Tickets for new dates go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. local time on Friday, May 14, via Ticketmaster. All previously purchased tickets will be valid for the corresponding rescheduled dates listed below. A limited number of LaneOne Premium Packages will also be available.

Here are the new Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin tour dates:

*New Show
^Rescheduled Show
+with special guest Sebastián Yatra

Sat Sep 25 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
Thu Sep 30 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
Fri Oct 01 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
Tue Oct 05 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Thu Oct 07 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
Fri Oct 08 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
Sat Oct 09 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Wed Oct 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center+
Thu Oct 14 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena+
Sat Oct 16 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
Sun Oct 17 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Fri Oct 22 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
Sat Oct 23 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
Fri Oct 29 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
Sat Oct 30 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
Wed Nov 03 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center^+
Fri Nov 05 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center^
Sat Nov 06 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center^
Sun Nov 07 – Edinburg, TX @ Bert Ogden Arena^
Wed Nov 10 – El Paso, TX @ UTEP Don Haskins Center^+
Thu Nov 11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Gila River Arena^+
Sat Nov 13 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center^
Sun Nov 14 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center^
Thu Nov 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center^
Fri Nov 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center^
Sat Nov 20 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center*

UFC Fighter Nate Diaz Beats Anthony Pettis in First Fight After Three-Year Hiatus

Nate Diaz is back in a big way…

In his highly anticipated return to the Octagon after a three year absence, the 34-year-old Latino mixed martial artist was excellent in a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) win over Anthony Pettis in the co-main event of UFC 241on Saturday at the Honda Center.

Nate Diaz

Diaz had not fought since a loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 202on August 20, 2016. 

He imposed his will on Pettis early and often. Diaz was able to press Pettis against the cage in every round and land punch combinations, elbows and knees. He closed the first and third rounds in good positions on the ground, an area he also controlled when the fight went there.

Afterward, Diaz said he is interested in fighting Jorge Masvidal next, adding that he was impressed by Masvidal’s five-second knockout of Ben Askren last month.

“All respect to the man, but there ain’t no gangsters in this game anymore. There ain’t nobody who does it right but me and him,” said Diaz, who hails from Stockton, California, and enjoyed a huge partisan crowd on Saturday. “So I know my man’s a gangster, but he ain’t no West Coast gangster.”

At his postfight news conference, UFC president Dana Whitesaid he wouldn’t be opposed to making Diaz-Masvidal fight if that’s what both fighters wanted next.

Diaz (20-11) went 1-1 against McGregor in 2016. They were two of the biggest pay-per-view events in Ultimate Fighting Championshiphistory. Diaz has a huge cult following among fans for his irreverence, exciting fighting style and propensity to flip a double bird. He had not fought since that star-making year because he wasn’t able to come to terms with the UFC.