Nate Diaz certainly did his best to re-established his presence as a lightweight contender Saturday night (or Sunday AM depending on where you are…) by putting away Gray Maynard in violent fashion at the TUF 18 Finale. Not only was it a really impressive performance, but it was a massive win for Diaz, considering he was coming off consecutive losses to Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson.
So, what does Diaz see in his immediate future as result of beating the promotion’s #5 ranked lightweight? He can’t be thinking title shot just yet right? Considering he has two losses in his last three fights? Not necessarily.
Here is some of what the outspoken fighter had to say about his future in the post-fight presser (comments via MMA Fighting.com):
“I’m thinking maybe I’ll sit on the sidelines for a good long minute until somebody gets injured, and fight for a title like everybody else is doing,” Diaz said.
“I do have a lot of losses on my record, and other people have a lot criticism and s–t to talk about me losing fights. But if you take a look at my record compared to other people’s record, for every two fights, I’ve fought six, seven times. So if they’re fighting the same amount, and more consistent like I am, they’re going to have more losses than me. So maybe I’ll sit around for a while and wait for an injury to pop up.”
If you’re wondering, after having a four fight campaign in 2011, Diaz has fought twice in 2012 and 2013. The comments also come not long after the 28 year-old relayed that “I was ready to go to 170 pounds. I’m over making weight and all this. I don’t feel I get paid good enough to lose weight all year long.” Looks like 155 is the plan for the time being.
Diaz also noted that he was “glad” his scrap with Maynard was stopped when it was, as although the powerful wrestler was still standing, ”This is a rough sport and I don’t think people should be taking shots. It’s not like I want to kill that guy.” There’s no question “The Bully” was out of the fight.
It will be interesting to see what comes next for Diaz, and if in fact he elects to stay on the sidelines for a while rather than battle another contender.