Dana White responded to a fan recently who showed interest in a bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov (21-0) and Nate Diaz (17-9) with the statement that no fighter wants to face the undefeated Russian.
Although Gilbert Melendez has shown interest and Rafael dos Anjos thought he was signing a contact to fight him, they may not represent the majority of the division.
White also stated that Diaz had turned down the fight.
Nate Diaz says otherwise as he posted via his own Twitter account that the UFC and Dana White are “full of sh*t” and that he didn’t turn down anything.
Whether this was a miscommunication or perhaps Diaz and White never discussed the bout formally is anyone’s guess but it would appear as though both fighters are willing to fight. Diaz currently stands at #5 on the UFC.com official lightweight rankings while Nurmagomedov is #7. Separated only by dos Anjos who has a fight booked, so the match up makes plenty of sense.
White has not yet responded to Diaz and no fight announcement has been made. Neither fighter has a bout lined up for the near future.
Nurmagomedov last faced Pat Healy at UFC 165 and dominated the fight to bring his UFC record to 5-0. Nurmagomedov is widely expected to earn a title shot in 2014.
Diaz returned to form in his last fight after dropping the two previous. He finished Gray Maynard in a rubber match. Diaz also held control throughout the fight and used his superior accuracy to land at will on Maynard. After this fight, Diaz stated that he and longtime training partner and friend Gilbert Melendez were the two best lightweights. Perhaps with Melendez’s rank and Nurmagomedov’s unbeaten streak, a potential fight between the two may have made Diaz hesitant to take a fight from his friend.
Here is Diaz’s reply via his official Twitter:
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) January 12, 2014
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