EXCLUSIVE (Part 3) | Nate Diaz Sounds Off on Gray Maynard – Doesn’t Deserve A Title Shot | 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.
An active fighter, Diaz has now lost two fights in a row with his last appearance before taking on Thomson coming at UFC on FOX 5 back in December when he unsuccessfully challenged for Benson Henderson’s lightweight crown. It was not long after this past weekend’s FOX event was over that Dana White announced the winner of Gray Maynard vs. TJ Grant as the next challenger for Henderson’s title.
Diaz, who lost a split decision to Maynard on January 11, 2010, did not seem to agree with White’s assessment of who deserved the next crack at UFC gold in the lightweight division.
“You got Gray Maynard and TJ Grant fighting, and the winner gets a title shot? I’m confused about this, because where the fuck has Gray Maynard been? I understand how to get a title shot nowadays too; you know what’s the problem? It’s I’m fighting every other fucking month and I don’t get a title shot ever because I lose half off of bullshit decisions and then I win some good fights. But I’m fucking fighting ever other goddamn month, and everybody else- like, Gray Maynard got knocked out three years ago by Frankie Edgar. What the fuck has he done since then? I think he fought Clay Guida in the most boring fight I’ve ever seen in my life and now he gets to fight somebody for a title shot? Get to fucking work, motherfucker!”
The confusion on Diaz’ part was not unwarranted, as Maynard’s last appearance against Guida was far from worthy of consideration for title contention. It is also worth noting that Diaz’s previous fight again Guida won Fight of the Night honors, though Nate was quick to point out that it mostly had to do with his gesturing to Guida during the fight.
Maynard was supposed to face Joe Lauzon at UFC 155 back in December 2012, but pulled out due to injury. Now, he is one win away from another shot at the UFC Championship.
“I’m confused that Gray Maynard and TJ Grant, the winner of them- I’m sorry, I don’t mean to bad mouth TJ Grant either though because I haven’t watched too much of him or seen what he’s done, so I can’t say what he does or does not deserve, but Maynard? Come on man, you haven’t fought for shit” Diaz said, not wanting to lump Grant into the same category as his former opponent.
Maynard may have been leading by example, however, as Diaz promptly stated his intentions of following the same blueprint to get another title shot down the line.
“So now I know what to do: since I just lost for a TKO, I think I should probably take two years off, maybe in a year from now fight somebody lame and have a boring decision fight, and maybe that’ll get me back into a title shot, because that’s what Gray just did.”
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