The next time a Diaz Brother steps into the Octagon at 170 pounds it looks like it may not be the one named “Nick”. In the words of Nate Diaz, who currently competes in the lightweight division, tomorrow night’s tilt with Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 7 will be his last time fighting at 155 for awhile barring unforeseen circumstances.
According to Diaz, he’s having a hard time getting excited for match-ups and feels like a new challenge will ignite the necessary spark.
“I don’t think there’s anything for me in the lightweight division. I already beat everyone at lightweight or I fought everyone already. The only person who beat me was Ben, and Gil’s going to handle him Saturday,” said Diaz in an interview with MMAJunkie, referring to this weekend’s headlining bout between champ Benson Henderson and Diaz’s friend/teammate Gilbert Melendez. “I’m going to sit around and fight the guys all over again? Boring. There’s no motivation in that. I’d rather fight someone new.”
“So unless they have something really cool to offer (at lightweight) or a really cool fight that would interest me…yeah, I’m out,” he concluded.
The 16-8 Diaz fought four times as a welterweight between 2010-2011, posting a 2-2 mark including finishes of Marcus Davis/Rory Markham and decision losses to Dong Hyun Kim/Rory MacDonald. He is 3-1 since slimming back down.
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