God Help Me, I Love the UFC Baddest Motherfucker Belt

Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal is going to be very fun.

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the UFC is putting an official Baddest Motherfucker belt on the line this weekend. Yes, the UFC, which—hilariously—seems to pride itself on being the purest athletic competition in the world (evidenced by its USADA dealings), is holding an event that just looks like FUN. The showdown occurs on Saturday night, in historic Madison square garden, between two of the real life baddest mofos in the game, Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal.

Nate Diaz likely needs no introductions, he’s a household name in MMA, famous for his Diaz bro status and slapping around (and submitting!) Conor McGregor, at least the first time. Jorge has been a fabulous welterweight for awhile now, but he arguably punched his ticket to stardom this summer when he knocked out shit-stirrer Ben Askren in five seconds with a flying knee.

One aspect of this fight that has fans salivating is the sheer fun of it. The rowdy, one may say pro wrestling quality of the whole affair, from Nate’s positing it in the very cage after his win over Anthony Pettis last August, in what could only be called a promo. Both fighters are fan favorites, with plenty of panache and style in their personalities and fighting styles. They both talk a good game and back it up with exceptional skill.

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But despite all of that, they both seem to have respect for one another, which, for me, actually adds to the fun. There’s trash talk, but it’s not cheap, crappy, low-rent trash talk. More like fighting words among… bonafide bad motherfuckers.

This is no small thing, especially if you are used to pro wrestlers who are actually good at playing characters and/or heels and making animosity actually work in a theatrical fashion. Fighters like Colby Covington (who is a good fighter, but cultivates a horrid, racist, MAGA-personality), is a perfect example why heels are best left to pros. But grudging respect between badasses? Who aren’t being weird MAGA/alt right groupies? That’s delicious.

I’m pumped for this one, as are most red-blooded MMA fans. But it’s not the only fight this weekend, for sure. The top three fights on the UFC 244 card are exciting, with a co-main middleweight scrap between Kelvin Gastelum and Darren Till, and a welterweight bout between Stephen Thompson and the beautifully violent Vicente Luque. 

Since I’m never not interested in the women’s divisions, I’m also awaiting the flyweight bout between Jennifer Maia and Katlyn Chookagian on the undercard. The women’s flyweight division is a little bit wild west right now, with Valentina Schevchenko sitting upon the throne, and several relative unknowns toiling in the rankings. Maia is a former 125-lb champion from Invicta FC, and this far, Chookagian has only lost to some of the very best in the division.

Speaking of Invicta, TONIGHT, the all-women fight league has its November card, with a strawweight title on the line in the main event between Kanako Murata and Emily Ducote. I warn everyone to ignore Invicta at their own peril, as many of the best up-and-coming women fighters grace the promotion’s cage, with competitive match-ups in more weight classes than the UFC currently has.

They don’t have a baddest MF-er belt—yet—but they put on a hell of a show. You can watch that live on Fightpass.

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