Nate Diaz, one of the UFC’s biggest superstars, has been active on social media in recent weeks because he’s looking for a fight. He hasn’t graced the Octagon since losing to Jorge Masvidal when the doctor wouldn’t let Diaz continue between Rounds 3 and 4 due to a cut over his eye.
That was on Nov. 2 of 2019 in the ‘BMF title match’ that headlined UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Diaz hasn’t done a sit-down interview since completing his post-fight media obligations on that night.
Until now, that is. On Tuesday morning, ESPN released a 42-minute video of Ariel Helwani talking shop with Diaz.
Among many other things, Diaz told Helwani he’d like to get back in the Octagon in “April or May.” Diaz also said he wants to fight “two times minimum, four max [in 2021]. I’m ready to get this show on the road, ready to rock.”
As for his next scrap, Diaz had only two names on his mind — Dustin Poirier and Charles ‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira. He conceded that he does want to complete the trilogy with Conor McGregor at some point, but that “the time isn’t right. Why should I help them (the UFC is who he’s referencing with “them”) bring [McGregor] back from the dead?”
Helwani also mentioned Tony Ferguson, who has dropped back-to-back fights after ripping off a 12-fight winning streak, who called out Diaz out on Twitter several days ago. Diaz admitted that he likes Ferguson as a fighter and isn’t against fighting him one day, but then he brought up how Oliveira just beat ‘El Cucuy’ and he’d rather tangle with the Brazilian first.
When Helwani asked Diaz about a recent social-media post where he declared himself a welterweight at 170 pounds moving forward, Diaz said, “I’m done with 155. I feel like I’ve already cleaned out that division.”
Now obviously, Poirier and Oliveira compete at lightweight and ‘The Diamond’ is line for a title shot at 155. Oliveira, who is riding an eight-fight winning streak, even used to compete at featherweight.
With that said, if Oliveira isn’t going to get a title fight next, his best option in terms of a payday would be going up to 170 to fight Diaz. It could be done at a 165-pound catchweight, because Diaz said he’s not against fighting at 165.
Now Dana White usually isn’t into catchweight bouts unless it’s a short-notice deal, but he has made exceptions at times.
Whatever the case, it’s great news for MMA fans that Diaz is actively pursuing a fight.
Some more great news? It appears as if Poirier watched the interview and isn’t against going up in weight to take on Diaz.
Another fun little factoid about the interview is Nate lit up a joint at around the 32-minute mark.
I’ve included below some social-media posts of clips about Diaz’s interview today and some of what Diaz has been saying on Twitter in recent weeks.