Nate Diaz says return to welterweight likely after UFC on FOX 7 Bout
Saturday could be the final go-around at lightweight for Nate Diaz.
Diaz, a staple of the 155-pound division, is slated to take on Josh Thomson at UFC on Fox 7. Diaz has fought 13 times at lightweight, posting a 9-4 record along the way.
His most recent fight ended in a decision loss to division champion Benson Henderson. Henderson will take on Diaz’s teammate, Gilbert Melendez in Saturday’s main event.
Since Diaz figures Melendez will take care of business on Saturday, he told MMAJunkie about a possible move at UFC on Fox 7 media date.
“I don’t think there’s anything for me at the lightweight division. I already beat everyone at lightweight or I fought everyone already. The only person who beat me was Ben, and Gil’s going to handle him Saturday. I’m going to sit around and fight the guys all over again? Boring. There’s no motivation in that. I’d rather fight someone new.”
Diaz said the move has nothing to do with the weight cut.
“The weight cut is cool,” he said. “I handle it easier than most of these guys, but like I said, I’ve been in this lightweight division for seven or eight years now, probably longer than any lightweight in here….So unless they have something really cool to offer (at lightweight) or a really cool fight that would interest me … yeah, I’m out.”
Diaz spent 2010-2011 at welterweight and he went 2-2 with wins over Rory Markham and Marcus Davis, and losses to Dong Hyun Kim and Rory MacDonald. He came back to the lightweight and won three straight to earn his December title shot with Henderson