UFC 241: Nate Diaz dominates Anthony Pettis in return, then calls out Jorge Masvidal

first_imgAny thought of Nate Diaz suffering from cage rust after a nearly three-year layoff was answered in pure Nate Diaz pressure style, as only he can deliver.Diaz dirtied up the bout immediately and made it a phone-booth fight by staying in the pocket and relentlessly smothering Anthony Pettis with punches, elbows and knees. Diaz went on to score a resounding unanimous decision in the UFC 241 co-main event at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday night. Judges scored it 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 in favor of Diaz. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year”It’s Nate Diaz army, motherf—er!” Diaz declared in the Octagon following his dominant victory. “The reason I was off was because everyone sucked. There was nobody to fight.”Diaz proceeded to salute Jorge Masvidal for his riveting flying-knee victory over Ben Askren last month, and then called him out for a fight. Masvidal laughed and smiled as he stood in the audience.”I want to defend my title against Jorge. He’s a gangster, but he ain’t no West Coast gangster.”@NateDiaz209, welcome back! #UFC241 pic.twitter.com/Y5DdHcnwzO— UFC (@ufc) August 18, 2019Diaz unleashed hellacious knees on Pettis in the third round Saturday and had “Showtime” reeling to the point where the referee could have arguably stopped the action. He allowed it to continue, however, and Pettis showed plenty of heart by twice breaking loose from Diaz on the ground — first from an armbar attempt and then from a rear naked choke try.  In the second round, Diaz had Pettis up against the cage as he unleashed a big knee, elbow and jab in a precursor of what was to come. “Showtime” was fading at that point.Diaz is teeing off on Pettis as round 2 comes to a close!#UFC241 pic.twitter.com/oB6cmHTcl7— UFC (@ufc) August 18, 2019Perhaps the only glimmer of serious trouble for Diaz was an arm-in guillotine attempt that he powered out of in the first round.Pettis slaps the guillotine on, but Diaz escapes! #UFC241 pic.twitter.com/5KxhKggYPe— UFC (@ufc) August 18, 2019The crowd was Diaz’s from that point on, and he gave it plenty to rave about in his impressive return to the UFC.last_img

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