WATCH: Jorge Masvidal’s nearly 2-hour ‘Diary Of A Street Fighter’ documentary

“The Diary of a Street Fighter” saga is complete – at least for now.

On Friday, Jorge Masvidal released a full-length, nearly two-hour documentary on his official YouTube channel.

The compilation stretches 115 minutes and gives an inside look at the day-to-day life of Masvidal (35-13 MMA, 14-7 UFC) during the lead-up to UFC 244 all the way through its aftermath.

Follow Masvidal as he reflects on his backyard fights, trains at American Top Team, goes through media obligations, plays dominoes on a private plane, meets with fans on the street, explores the bright lights of New York, geeks out having Roberto Duran by his side, partakes in the biggest fight of his life against Nate Diaz at Madison Square Garden, and celebrates his “BMF” title victory with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Check out the entire film in the video above.

Per the YouTube description, the movie was produced by “Genghis Con Films;” filmed by Isaac Kesington, Daniela Roger, and Niviana Campos; and edited by Isaac Kesington.

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Joe Rogan and Israel Adesanya sing the praises of Jorge Masvidal

UFC commentator Joe Rogan and UFC middleweight champ Israel Adesanya recently sat down for a chat on the JRE MMA Show. The pair discussed a breadth of topics, including the recent BMF title fight between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz.

While the pair did not agree on the BMF title itself — Rogan liked the idea, Adesanya wasn’t so sure — they were unanimous in their praise of Masvidal.

“I feel like Masvidal is world championship caliber,” Rogan said. “100%”

“100%,” Adesanya agreed. “I’ve been a fan of that guy since way back. Everyone’s just finding out now, Street Jesus. I’m not a hispter like ‘oh, I knew him before he was cool man,’ I don’t want to be that guy, but I like his resurrection. I like how he rebranded himself. You have to do that. I see it in movies, I see actors do it, entertainment, you rebrand, new package, and then boom.”

As Adesanya implies, Masvidal has been going through a career resurgence. Though the last few years of his career have not been without losses, he’s picked up huge, stoppage victories over the likes of Donald Cerrone, Darren Till, Ben Askren, and most recently Diaz.

“He’s a different person now,” Rogan said, sharing his belief that Masvidal has reached his potential. “Now he’s what he could have been. He is potential realized. He’s at 100% right now…”

Rogan and Adesanya also discussed Masvidal’s win over Diaz itself. Both agreed it was an impressive performance.

“He beat the f**k out of Diaz in that first round,” Rogan said. Adesanya followed by complimenting Masvidal’s kicks.

Needless to say, the new BMF titleholder Jorge Masvidal can count Joe Rogan and Israel Adesanya among his fans. And the feeling is most definitely mutual.

What do you think is next for Masvidal after UFC 244?

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Chael Sonnen explains why Nick Diaz is bigger fight for Jorge Masvidal than Nate

Chael Sonnen thinks Nick Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal will be an even bigger fight than “Gamebred” vs. Nate Diaz.

Nick Diaz has made it clear that he doesn’t appreciate Masvidal’s use of the word “baptize” when describing what he wanted to do to his brother Nate. Diaz hinted at wanting a showdown with Masvidal inside AT&T Stadium after “Gamebred” defeated Nate via TKO at UFC 244. The Stockton native’s team later told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that they want the fight for spring 2020.

On ESPN Radio, Helwani spoke to Bellator and ESPN analyst Sonnen about Nick Diaz’s desire to fight Masvidal. Sonnen explained why he feels it’ll be even bigger than the UFC 244 main event.

“You know what, simple economics,” Sonnen said of a possible Nick Diaz vs. Masvidal clash. “The law of supply and demand. The greatest law in all of economics says that if you don’t have very much Nick and you can get a Nick one time, that that’s more valuable than Nate a third time. So I think that it’s great but I also think that you really can’t redo that story. I mean I’d have to go back to what? It was Tito Ortiz that fought Frank Shamrock, so then big brother Ken’s gonna step in and make things right.”

Frank Shamrock actually defeated Tito Ortiz back in Sept. 1999. Ortiz would end up having a memorable feud with Frank’s older brother Ken. To Sonnen’s point, however, Ortiz’s feud with Ken certainly proved to be more lucrative but the sport of MMA was also starting to rise as a whole.

Sonnen went on to say that while he’s pushing Nick Diaz’s drawing potential against Masvidal, he isn’t downing Nate.

“We don’t have to get into the X’s and O’s,” Sonnen continued. “Just for fun right now, I think Nick would be the bigger fight. Don’t forget, I’m not insulting Nate. Nate just sold out Madison Square Garden, had the rocking attendance, had the President in attendance. I’m not slighting Nate but don’t you agree with me? I mean come on, there would be something special if big brother stepped in to get redemption for little brother.”

Do you think Jorge Masvidal vs. Nick Diaz would be bigger than the UFC 244 headliner?

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Jorge Masvidal hints at ‘big plans’ with Telemundo

“BMF” Champion Jorge Masvidal has hinted at the possibility of a big future with Telemundo as his star continues to rise within the world of mixed martial arts.

Masvidal has been on a phenomenal run of form in the UFC this year, coming off the back of a layoff that had many questioning whether or not he would be able to get himself back into contention. After finishes over Darren Till, Ben Askren and Nate Diaz, it’s become pretty clear that “Gamebred” is next in line for a shot at the UFC Welterweight Championship if he so desires.

Outside of the fight game, though, he’s also been making his way into the mainstream media in a way that few others in this sport have been able to do.

“When the #VP of @telemundo says he has big plans for you. You make sure they are #big all my #latino followers will be able to see more of me coming soon #theresurrection #1of1”. – Jorge Masvidal on Instagram. 

Telemundo is an American Spanish-language TV network that is based down in Miami, Florida, which is an immediate sign that Masvidal fits into their plans like a glove.

Most of his appearances in the media have either come in the form of brief showcase spots or featured pieces on ESPN, and that’s not exactly a bad position for him to be in. He can talk, he’s charismatic, and he certainly got the skills necessary to back it up.

Regardless of what could be next for him both in and outside of the Octagon, nobody is going to forget about the impact he has left on 2019 in a hurry. Whether or not he’s able to replicate that in 2020 is a different matter altogether, but the former Strikeforce star definitely has the right mindset and that’s half of the battle.

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Jorge Masvidal ‘confused’ by Nick Diaz’s recent comments

Jorge Masvidal is perplexed by Nick Diaz’s recent comments and is unsure if he really wants to fight.

“Gamebred” is coming off a victory against Diaz’s younger brother, Nate Diaz at UFC 244 on November 2. The fight was ended after round three due to a doctor’s stoppage, leaving Masvidal to claim victory and the unprecedented “BMF” title.

While Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal respect each other’s ability, that didn’t stop verbal jabs being thrown during press conferences (before and after their fight). During an interview with Ariel Helwani, Gamebred said he wanted to “baptize” the younger Diaz brother. Nate’s older brother Nick Diaz did not appreciate the Miami native’s comment and is seemingly willing to resume his fighting career to give Masvidal a taste of his own medicine.

“All I see is f*cking dollar signs right now. It’s not on me. You wanna talk about baptizing my younger brother, that’s on you. I never had anything disrespectful to say, but you don’t talk about baptizing my younger brother,” said Diaz.

“So you’re already in a f*cked up position if you fight with me. You don’t f*cking talk about baptizing someone’s younger brother. That’s my baby brother, you don’t talk like that to nobody. So who rides on who’s side?

“You wanna say that? You wanna do that? You wanna walk? That’s on you. I can relate to you, that’s why I ain’t mad at you. But if you wanna walk, that’s on you.”

During an episode of The Dan LeBatard Show, Masvidal said he was unsure about the seriousness of Diaz’s comments.

“Is he asking to fight? I was confused or are we going for a walk some place? He’s asking for a fight? He’s asking for a fight or to go for a walk? Does he know who he’s asking for a fight?” Masvidal said (via “Cause I love to fight, especially when I get a little something on top of that.”

Whoever Masvidal ends up facing, he is already anticipating a hefty payout:

“We don’t know who’s next but everybody’s looking like cash symbols, cash money to us right now. The next person is going to be the one that puts the most zeros in the bank account, who that [is].

“A lot of people are saying my name now. They didn’t want to fight me before, like a year or two [ago], they didn’t want to fight me. Everybody wants to call me out now. So it’s funny to me because these same guys didn’t want to fight me two or three years ago.”

Who would you like to see Masvidal face? Let us know in the comments below.

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