By Lewis Mckeever:
According to Stockton’s own Nate Diaz, his upcoming bout with lightweight brute Jim Miller may propose title shot implications:
“That’s what I was told was happening. I don’t see who else would get a title shot”.
While Dana White shied away from any lightweight contender talk during the recent UFC on FOX 3 teleconference, an argument could quite easily be made for Nate Diaz being the next man in line.
Following an unsuccessful stint at welterweight, where Diaz was overpowered by Rory MacDonald and Kim Dong-Hyun, Diaz wisely dropped back down to the lightweight division. Since his return to 155lb., the Stockton bad boy has almost transformed into a completely reinvigorated talent. Nate steam rolled through Takanori Gomi and hot prospect Donald Cerrone, demonstrating a fantastic display of boxing and Brazilian Jujitsu.
With standout strikers such as Anthony Pettis and Edson Barboza recently surging through the rankings, I’m sure that they are also glowing on Dana White’s radar.
Combining Jim Miller’s impressive submission victory over lightweight livewire Melvin Guillard with a potential win over Nate Diaz, he could certainly elevate himself into the title picture once more.
Be sure to tune into UFC on FOX 3 on May 5th, for what’s sure to be a back and forth war of attrition between two of the most promising lightweights in the division.