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Thursday, 04/18/2013, 05:49 pm

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


0 Responses to “Nate Diaz says return to welterweight likely after UFC on FOX 7 Bout”

  1. Slim Charles says:

    He did very well at welterweight. He beat Kim who is always a win away from being considered a top ten ww. And his loss to rory wasn’t so devastating as ppl make it out to be. Haha maybe a fight with bj will convince him to stay.

  2. kanye best says:

    Why, what’s the difference anyway? You look like in stick eather, hit the gym up and maybe it’ll mean something.

  3. Ddddddd says:

    That’s intriguing,Ben is close to a 70 pounder and it didnt go great but he survived and that’s with the cut. He would have a well rounded game and offer all those brutes an aggressive battle from his back. Man,I hope he stays relevant so many of those guys in 70 are compact,quick and explosive. That weight class is gettin scary and I liked how Nates strength and power was at 55. Rorys beatdown of Nate was gross and I hope Nates not too worried about makin room for his homies. Nick must not be coming back for Nate to feel like he needs to fight and represent at 70. I hope it doesn’t prove to be a mistake with so many of those guys being strong wrestlers.

  4. Semtex says:

    Boy , didn’t he learn…

  5. Gargoyle Wrestling says:

    Diaz bros style can’t win a championship. The slap boxing BJJ style ain’t good enough. Nate was destroyed by Rory and Bendo and he can’t handle the top 5-10 ww. He did beat Miller but Cerrone and Gomi are barely top 10 maybe. He needs to go train at AKA and become a beefed up 55er. Forget that bjj shit for awhile. He already knows enough that will ever help him in an mma fight. He needs to know how to execute a double leg.

  6. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    Not necessary because Melendez will not win.

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