It’s been a few weeks since UFC 244 but The Rock has finally responded to Nate Diaz calling him out.
Two weeks ago, Jorge Masvidal won the “Baddest Motherfucker” title after beating Nate Diaz at UFC 244 due to a doctor’s stoppage in the fourth round. ‘The Rock’, who was invited by Masvidal, was in attendance to present him with the UFC’s inaugural ‘BMF’ belt.
After the fight, Diaz sounded off on the former WWE legend for siding with Masvidal before the fight.
He on that side, fuck him. I’m on the west coast side. Mike Tyson should’ve been here anyway, he’s the baddest man on the planet.”
“You guys caught me under a bad time, but The Rock’s cool. I like Ballers. But he picked the wrong side, he picked another side, so he can get his ass whooped too,” Diaz said.
“All due respect, he can get it too. I just know he was on his [Masvidal’s] side. He’s got to be. He’s from the same town and all that. You on his side, f*** you.”
On Monday afternoon, ‘The Rock’ appeared on Ariel Helwani’s MMA show and talked about Diaz’s comments. The wrestler turned actor says he wasn’t surprised by Diaz’s comments because Diaz has always been a person to tell it like it is.
I wasn’t surprised at Nate’s comments because that’s the Nate that we all know and love,. “He is as advertised. Nate, he gets it. He knows that me and Jorge we’re boys, we’re from Miami. We have a lot of deep connections down there. A lot of the fighters we know, a lot of the coaches and trainers that we know, a lot of the gyms that we’ve been to down there. So there’s a connection, so no I was totally fine with it. He gets it.”
The Rock went on to explain that he did attempt to be neutral before the fight in an effort to promote UFC 244.
“I went into the fight, I wanted to be as neutral as possible when I was promoting it because as we’re leading up to it and selling it on pay-per-view, I didn’t want to come out and say, ‘Jorge is my boy and he’s gonna win,’” “No, I just wanted to be neutral and I thought that was the best, smartest, strategic play to get as many new eyes on this fight as possible and again help impact in my own little way the bottom line. From what I’m told, since UFC’s transition it was the biggest fight they’ve ever had, second I’m sorry, to Conor and Khabib, which is quite an amazing accomplishment. I’m very proud for both those guys
Later in the interview, he revealed what he told Masvidal after his big win against Diaz and it’s pretty awesome.