UFC lightweight Nate Diaz suffered the first strike-based stoppage of his career last month in a match-up with Josh Thomson. While losing in such a clear-cut fashion might normally result in a bit of humility, Diaz has gone the other direction and recently called Thomson out in hopes of receiving a rematch.
Thomson has heard Diaz’s challenge and didn’t waste any time issuing a response. “The Punk” recently stopped by BJPenn.com Radio where he shrugged off the notion, telling Diaz he should worry about things other than a second shot at someone who beat him “fair and square”.
“I am going to say this directly to him. Nate, you didn’t make the weight, so how are you going to make the weight when we fight again? That’s the thing that’s discerning. We all let it slide because it was a huge fight, but you didn’t make the weight and you still lost,” said Thomson, pointing to Diaz’s issues on the scale prior to the pairing getting green-lighted. “Like I said, I’m looking forward to the title-shot…I’m looking forward to getting in there for the title. If I have to go through him again to do it, then so be it. Maybe you should start watching what you eat? Maybe you should start doing that to take care of yourself? You couldn’t make the weight the first time and that was something I was going to keep to myself, but you want to start talking trash? Saying all these things, knowing that I beat you fair and square, I guess next time we’ll take 20% of your purse if you don’t make weight.”
“It’s an issue I could have brought up and made a big deal about but I didn’t do it because that’s not the kind of person I am,” he concluded. “I could have made a big fuss and taken it, rubbed some salt in the wound and taken 20% percent of your purse after you lost, but I didn’t. That’s the kind of person I am, I moved on and I suggest you do the same thing.”
Thomson picked Diaz apart in their tilt before landing a head-kick and series of strikes to seal the deal in the second stanza on their UFC on FOX 7 scrap. The win was only his fourth by way of TKO.