WWE legend Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has confirmed that he will be appearing at UFC 244 to award the £40,000 BMF belt to either Nate Diaz or Jorge Masvidal.
Fan-favourite Diaz returned to the cage after three-years out to beat Anthony Pettis in August, and claimed he defended the “Baddest Mother F****r” in the game title.
The Stockton legend then called out Masvidal to defend his made-up crown, with the pair now headlining UFC 244 in New York on November 2.
UFC president White then revealed a real belt has been made for the clash at Madison Square Garden, with WWE icon The Rock present at the event.
The 47-year-old will make an announcement at a UFC press conference on Friday to formally announce the final card of the year for the Las Vegas showcase on December 14.
In an Instagram live video, he said: “I’ve got an announcement for the press conference this Friday.
“It’s something I wanted to tell the fans and the MMA community first.”
I just want to see a great fight, the addition of the BMF belt is brilliant, it’s so smart and it’s funThe Rock on Diaz v Masvidal
Welterweight Masvidal called for The Rock to put the BMF belt around his waist if he beats Diaz.
And when asked how he sees the fight playing out, the Fast and Furious actor added: “I learned a long time ago in terms of combat sports, in boxing and in MMA, especially at this level with two guys who are so skilled and respected in Masvidal and Diaz, that I just want a good fight.
“Everyone’s got a puncher’s chance. I’m such a fan of MMA that I have too much respect for the guys and girls who put it all on the line to say who’s going to win.
“I just want to see a great fight, the addition of the BMF belt is brilliant, it’s so smart and it’s fun; it’s fun for the fighters, it gives them some juice to go out there and Madison Square Garden is the perfect place for this fight; that place is going to be rocking and I can’t wait to get in there.
“Both of these guys have been around the game for a long time… with Diaz, you’re not going to knock him out and you’re not going to submit him – he’d rather die before he submits.
“And Masvidal’s legend is legit, that is a bad dude coming out of south Florida.”
The Rock recently made a triumphant return to WWE as he stole the show at SmackDown in Los Angeles earlier this month.
The professional wrestler-turned Hollywood superstar teamed up with RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch to deliver a People’s Elbow on Baron Corbin.
Meanwhile, Diaz’s fight with Masvidal is still set to go ahead despite the American announcing he had failed a drugs test.