Nate Diaz required 25 stitches to close up the wounds around his eye following his loss to Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244, and Dana White has shared a photo of Diaz's repaired face.
Diaz lost his fight to Masvidal in the main event of UFC 244 last Saturday night via doctor stoppage. As a result, it was Gamebred that got his hands on the custom-made BMF Championship.
The Stockton Fighter had gashed above and below his right eye, which the fight doctor believed would get worse as the fight went on, resulting in him bringing an end to the main event early, much to the dismay of UFC fans watching the fight inside Madison Square Garden.
Dana White posted a photo on his Instagram of Diaz after he received 25 stitches for the cuts above and below his right eye.
The UFC President added the caption: "These cuts were much worse then they looked on TV. Respect to @natediaz209 for pushing the Dr to continue."
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The injury occurred during the first round during a clinch. Gamebred caught Diaz on the eyebrow with his elbow. It was the same place he was cut against Anthony Pettis at UFC 241.
Despite UFC fans inside Madison Square Garden voicing their anger with the main event being stopped early, White said he was happy with the stoppage.
He said: “It happens in this game. At first I was itching and pissed off and I said they didn’t stop the Tyson Fury fight [against Otto Wallin] and that cut was nasty.
“Then I walk back and I saw Nate Diaz and his eyebrow was literally flipped over under his eye. He had another cut under his eye.
“It’s easy sitting in my chair thinking it shouldn’t be stopped. The reason we love Nate is because he’s so tough and durable. But it didn’t look good.”
Diaz however, does not feel the same way, and he hit out at the UFC President.
The Stockton Fighter said: “He’s full of it. When he said that to me … it’s the same as every fight. I have this same cut every time.
“After I fought Pettis, I went back and trained a week later and split it back open halfway. This thing always cuts open.
“That’s what he does though. He says, ‘Ah, I think he didn’t stand a chance in there. It’s good they stopped it’. How many fights you been in Dana?”
Following the stoppage, both Masvidal and Diaz have said they would be interested in a rematch, but White isn't in the same boat.News Now - Sport News