Returning mixed martial artist, Nate Diaz believes he is still the best in the game after he eked out a sensational win in his highly-awaited Octagon comeback.
After a three-year absence in MMA, the Southpaw from Stockton, California finally returned to action last Saturday and took on a dangerous opponent in Anthony Pettis.
Diaz’s last UFC bout was against Conor McGregor in their blockbuster rematch, which ended in a majority decision in favour of ‘The Notorious.’
With the rust factor potentially coming into play, some MMA fans doubted if Diaz would fare well against ‘Showtime,’ who was fresh off an impressive knockout of Stephen Thompson.
But exceeding fans’ expectations, Diaz showed that he’s back like he never left.
The younger Diaz brother announced his return unequivocally after a dominant win over Pettis in the co-main event of UFC 241.
— UFC News (@UFCNews) August 18, 2019
Still The Best
After his triumphant return, Diaz is now eyeing a massive clash against Jorge Masvidal, who recently went viral because of his five-second finish of Ben Askren for the fastest knockout in UFC history.
He explained to the media in the post-fight presser why Masvidal should be his next opponent.
“You’ve got to recognize who is the best and who the best in the game is…and it’s not who they’re saying it is …it’s who I’m saying it is,” Diaz claimed, per MMA Fighting.
“It’s the guys that have been in here forever and who are still on top of the game. Pettis just knocked out Thompson who was just fighting for the 170 title a whole bunch of times.”
“He fought Pettis and Pettis knocked his ass out real quick. Who’s the real baddest in the 170 division? They were trying to pump up dude and then Masvidal goes in there and knocks his ass out.”
“I started fighting in 2004 I think…I think…and then he’s been around since then and maybe a little longer. He just did that and I just did that, so that’s the best fighter to me; the best martial artist that’s still on top of the game.”
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 18, 2019
On The Same Page
Continuing, Diaz feels he is on the same page as Masvidal, who has not been given the recognition they deserve as the best in the competition.
“Nobody was showing me anything for being the best fighter in the world, which I am, just like Masvidal, that’s what I’m saying.”
“Why is nobody like, ‘What? That’s the guy to fight, he just beat the best guy and he’s been around doing this the whole time.’ I’m the best martial artist in the world, I’m not like these hold onto you wrestlers who are going to hold you and hopefully win a round and find a loophole to winning these fights and putting belts on their waists.”
If the UFC decides to pursue this intriguing showdown, Diaz said it would be a battle between the two “baddest motherf*ckers” in the league.
“Now we’re fighting for the ‘Baddest motherf*cker in the game’ belt and that’s mine.”
“I’d like to defend it against Jorge Masvidal. Baddest motherf*ckers, that’s how we’re going to do this.”
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) August 18, 2019
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