Going into his bout against Gray Maynard Saturday night, Nate Diaz talked a considerable amount of trash on many of his fellow lightweights, including Maynard. There was a lot of pressure on him to win this fight.
He was riding a two fight losing streak and dropping a third consecutive bout would certainly be a setback in his career. Fortunately for him, he stopped Maynard with a first round TKO victory.
At the post-fight press conference, Diaz candidly laid out his future plans for his UFC career:
“I’m thinking maybe I’ll sit on the sidelines for a good long minute until somebody gets injured, then fight for a title like everybody else is doing.”
Sounds interesting. Diaz elaborated on the subject even further by pointing out his unusual high activity as a fighter.
“I do have a lot of losses on my record and other people have a lot of s–t to talk about me losing fights, but if you take a look at my record compared to other people’s records, for every two fights [they fight], I’ve fought six, seven times,” he explained.
As ridiculous as it may seem, Diaz does make a good point. The twenty-eight year old has fought high level competition consistently and shows improvement every time he fights. Since 2011, he’s only lost to Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson, both of which are ranked in the top ten of the lightweight division.
With his latest victory over Maynard, he advanced his professional mixed martial arts career record to 17-9.
UFC officials have yet to announce who his next opponent will be.