Nate Diaz has opinions!
One of those takes, is that he is done fighting in the UFC’s lightweight division, because he “did everything, beat everybody.”
In an appearance on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” Diaz proclaimed that his upcoming welterweight fight at 241 opposite Antony Pettis is occurring because Diaz has conquered the lightweight division.
“I’m just done with the 155 thing. That’s in the past. I think it’s time to fight at a more comfortable weight class. There’s nothing for me there. I already did everything, beat everybody. I feel I’m the king of that division anyways. I mean, I am the king of that division.” said Diaz. (Transcription via ESPN)
Despite his claim of lightweight dominance, Diaz last fought in the division in December 2015 when he defeated Michael Johnson. Diaz’s two subsequent fights in 2016 against Conor McGregor occurred at welterweight. (McGregor was the featherweight champion at the time) Diaz had been inactive since August 2016.
As for a McGregor, Diaz claimed to be uninterested in a third fight, due to McGregor’s recent loss to current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. I’m interested in winners. He (McGregor) lost his last fight, and I won my last fight.” said Diaz. (Diaz’s last fight was a majority decision loss to McGregor at UFC 202).
Diaz also noted that he beat McGregor in quicker at UFC 196 than Nurmagomedov did at UFC 229 Beyond that anecdote, Diaz also recounted an altercation that Nate and his brother Nick had with Nurmagomedov at a WSOF event in 2015.
Even interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier was not spared with some NSFW comments. Poirier and Diaz were schudeled to fight in November, before Poirier withdrew due to an injury.
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