UFC lightweight Nate Diaz looked like he would be a force in the division for years after putting together a three-fight run featuring wins over Takanori Gomi, Donald Cerrone, and Jim Miller. Though he failed in his effort to have his hand raised against champion Benson Henderson, the loss seemed to be little more than a speed-bump in his career rather than a major setback.
However, days before duking it out with Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 7, Diaz said he’d grown tired of fighting at 155 pounds and wanted to return to the welterweight where he went 2-2 over a span between 2010-2011. While Diaz’s desire piqued the interest of countless fans, much of the intrigue was laid to waste on Saturday night when Thomson turned Diaz’s lights out in the second round of their showdown.
UFC President Dana White was asked about Diaz’s prospects at a heavier weight after the post-event press conference where, as might be expected, the outspoken executive advised the Stockton scrapper against making a move.
“I think going to 170 is a big mistake. Big, strong guys at 170,” said White. “He can make 155 (and) look what happened tonight at 155.”
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Prior to his loss to Thomson, Diaz had never been finished via strikes in a 25-fight career. The stumble dropped Diaz’s record to 16-9 including a 5-5 mark in his last ten tilts.
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