Ultimate Fighting Championship president, Dana White, does not see Nate Diaz staying with the promotion in the long run.
After a three-year absence in the cage, the Southpaw from Stockton, California finally returned to action last month and took on a dangerous opponent in Anthony Pettis in the main card of UFC 240.
Diaz’s last UFC outing was against Conor McGregor in their blockbuster rematch way back 2016, which ended with ‘The Notorious’ exacting revenge and winning by way of majority decision.
With the rust factor potentially coming into play, some MMA fans doubted if Diaz would fare well against Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis, who was fresh off an impressive knockout of Stephen Thompson.
But exceeding fans’ expectations, Diaz showed that he’s back like he never left.
Diaz was just too much to handle for Pettis as he stamped his class from start to finish to secure a unanimous decision win.
— UFC News (@UFCNews) August 18, 2019
Still The Best
In the post-fight presser, Diaz told the MMA world that he remains the best fighter and the guy to beat 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.”
For his next fight, he wants to go to war with Masvidal, with the self-titled belt for the “baddest motherf**ker in the game” potentially on the line.
“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.”
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 18, 2019
Not In The Big Picture
Diaz has earned the praises of Joe Rogan after making a successful comeback in the MMA scene.
In his podcast, the UFC colour commentator said he is happy that Diaz is getting the recognition he deserves.
“I’m just happy that the UFC is finally recognizing the love and support [Diaz] has from the fans.”
“For whatever reason, they were so high on Conor McGregor and these other people that they didn’t see [it].”
“One of the reasons that the Conor fight was so big was because of Nate Diaz.”
“Nate Diaz is a f**king star. When they put is face on the screen for the Pettis fight, the arena erupted. It was chaos. They went nuts.”
But the outspoken UFC chief believes otherwise.
In an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, White said Diaz does not belong in the big picture.
“Nate Diaz has fought once in the last three years.”
“When I think about the big picture stuff, I don’t even think about Nate.”
“Nate is one of those weird situations where we might not hear from the kid for another three years.”
— SportsGridUK (@Sportsgriduk) September 6, 2019
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