Nate Diaz put on one of his best performances inside the octagon tonight when he knocked Gray Maynard out in the first round.
Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz’s trilogy dates all the way back to 2007. In the fifth season of ‘TUF’, the two met in the octagon to decide who would move on to the finals of the lightweight tournament. Diaz submitted Maynard with a guillotine choke in the semi-finals and went on to win the entire tournament.
Three years later, they went toe-to-toe again. This time, Maynard got the best of Diaz. It wasn’t without some controversy however, as many thought that Diaz did enough to walk away from the octagon with his hands raised. According to the statistics, Maynard was out struck by his opponent in rounds two and three. With one win a piece, it only made sense for us to have a rubber match to end the debates.
The debates definitely ended tonight. Diaz didn’t even need a full round and made quick work of Maynard, knocking him out in round one. Diaz landed thirty-three strikes in under three minutes.
What’s next for Nate Diaz? After getting asked that question at the UFC post-fight presser, he says he’s going to sit on the sidelines for a while.
“I think I’ll sit on the sidelines for a good long, long minute until someone gets injured and fight for a title like everyone else is doing. I think my problem is that I lose some fights sometimes because— I do have a lot of losses on my record. And people have a lot of **** to talk about me losing fights, but if you take a look at my record compared to other people’s record for every two fights I fight six or seven times.”
Diaz finished with a smirk, “So uh… maybe I’ll sit around for a while and wait for an injury to pop up.
Nate Diaz may be referring to the main event change of UFC 164.
Ben Henderson was originally supposed to defend his UFC Lightweight Championship against TJ Grant, but Grant suffered a concussion and was forced out of the bout. Anthony Pettis took Grant’s place and proceeded to dethrone Henderson, defeating him by way of submission.