EXCLUSIVE (Part 2) | Nate Diaz: “I’m Still A Lightweight, I’m Just Gonna Rep It In A Different Division” | BJPENN.COM Radio
When Nate Diaz joined BJPENN.COM Radio for a special one hour broadcast on Thursday afternoon, April 25, 2013, he had a few things on his mind, to put it mildly. Coming off of a TKO loss to Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 7, Diaz felt that he had held his tongue for too long and needed to get a few things off his chest.
Among the topics Nate discussed with hosts George Matthews and Pedro Carrasco was his potential move back to the 170-pound welterweight division following his loss to Thomson.
“Here’s the thing man: I’ve been in the UFC for seven years now, eight years I think- I’ve been fighting for 10 years at lightweight. When I started fighting at lightweight, I was a kid and it’s hard work to diet all year and make 155 pounds all year long. The thing is that I fight more than all these motherfuckers, you know, like what the hell? Josh Thomson fought probably three times in the last three years,” Diaz said of his consistency as a UFC stalwart.
Because of the strenuous toll that making the 155-pound lightweight limit takes on Diaz year-round, he feels that it is not worth his time to stay in the lower division unless he is fighting top contenders.
“See here’s the thing: I’m not going to fight at lightweight to fight just some Joe-fucking-Blow, I’m not going to lose that much weight anymore unless it’s going to be worth my while. I’m going to fight at 170, and if I’m going to get my rematches with any types of Gray Maynards or Josh Thomsons or anybody I ever lost to who never even really beat me, I will fight these motherfuckers and I’ll go to lightweight for my rematches; other than that- or a top contender- other than that, I’m going to 170 and I’m never making weight again, never making 155 again unless it’s worth my while. I’ve been doing that shit too much, it’s too much dieting and too much on my body to do that shit all year long, unless it’s going to be worth my while. I don’t get millions of dollars to do that shit, so as far as being a lightweight, I’m still a lightweight, I’m just going to rep it in a different weight division.”
In Nate’s last fight at 170 pounds, he lost to highly touted welterweight contender Rory MacDonald via unanimous decision. It was his second straight loss in the division after he also dropped a decision to Dong-Hyun Kim nearly four months before. The loss to MacDonald, however, did not drive Diaz to leave the welterweight division based on a size advantage, as Nate admits that he’s not as small as people assume.
“I’m the same size as Nick [Diaz, his brother], I’m the same size- and I didn’t leave the welterweight division because I got beat by Rory MacDonald and because he was strong or some shit; that’s what people said, that’s just what people figured. I left the welterweight division because when I left the lightweight division, I was fighting top contenders and then I went to 170 and they were giving me these big, strong, tough guys who nobody knew, OK? I fought Rory MacDonald, nobody knew who Rory MacDonald was when I fought him; he lost to Condit, that’s all he had done. I’m like, OK this is a tough guy, a hard guy to fight but I’ll fight him, I don’t give a shit; I was younger then. I fought Dong [Hyun] Kim, who’s a top contender, but no one knew who he was. They all knew who I was, but I went and fought them and I was like OK, so I’m going to fight these guys who are hard to beat, but nobody knows them at 170, when I was just fighting contenders at lightweight? I guess I’ll go back to lightweight, fuck it; I’ll go fight some contenders over there. And what happened? I went back to lightweight; I got the [Takanori] Gomi fight, the [Donald] Cerrone and the [Jim] Miller fight. So why would I stick around ‘70 to fight Joe Blows when I could fight top contenders at ’55, you know what I’m saying?”
Diaz has been vocal recently in advocating for the UFC to add more weight classes, with less of a differential between them. As he mentioned, professional boxing’s weight divisions have significantly less of a weight difference, with many divisions offering just a five or six pound jump. It is because of the sizable difference between the UFC’s weight classes that made Diaz mentioned how those who have chastised welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and middleweight champion Anderson Silva for not fighting are misinformed.
His return to welterweight is not final, but should Diaz decide to move back up a weight class, he made no qualms with saying that he’s focused on landing a top contender, or a big name.
“I want to fight [Carlos] Condit or [Jake] Ellenberger, somebody top notch. I’m not trying to get no funny fights, you know, I’ll fight anybody but anybody who’s worth it,” Diaz said.
It’s not just the big fights that entice Diaz the most in returning to welterweight, but also making sure that he’s involved in the best fights he possibly can be.
“I’m trying to get the best fights I can get, cause [my] career and my life is going by about 100 miles an hour, especially when I’m fighting every other month. I want to get good fights, I don’t want to be fighting bullshit fights, especially now, I’m older man,” Diaz noted while reminiscing of his time spent on “The Ultimate Fighter” as a 21 year-old. “I stated young, but I’ve been fighting for ten years; I’ve been fighting since I was 18, so I’m like, ‘what, am I going to keep making weight and fight, and now I just lost to Thomson so they’re going to give me some bullshit fight or something?’ Well I ain’t going to make no weight for no bullshit fight, fuck that.”
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