At UFC 196 earlier this month, Nate Diaz shocked the world as he submitted Conor McGregor in the 2nd round of their welterweight clash after accepting the fight on less than 2 weeks notice.
Following his win over McGregor, there was much speculation as to what would be next for Diaz, who UFC President Dana White stated may even buy a yacht and retire.
Diaz spoke to Rolling Stone to discuss his future plans, and why he feels he would have knocked Conor McGregor out had McGregor not shot for a takedown.
“Those are both great fights, big fights, but those are both my brother’s fights. I’m not going to step on his shoes. I’m not going to into his weight because everybody wants to see Nick vs. GSP or Nick vs. Lawler. I would like to fight for the Lightweight title. But if I did the [fighting at] 170 thing I would like them to work out the deal with Nick and I’ll take the leftovers.”
When reflecting on his win over McGregor, Diaz stated:
“These guys shoot on me after they start getting hit, they start shooting on me and getting tapped out. It’s a way out because they don’t want to get hit anymore. Conor, that was on the way to being a knockout. He was getting handed some solid shit. He got on me for the takedown because he was done.”