Nate Diaz appeared alongside ESPN journalist Ariel Helwani after more than a year in his first media appearance after UFC 244. Diaz last competed inside the Octagon back in 2020 against Jorge Masvidal for the symbolic “BMF” title.
Ahead of a possible return to the Octagon, Diaz sat down with Helwani and discussed multiple options for who he wants to face next inside the Octagon.
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“I like Tony Ferguson. He’s been around a long time like I have to. But the time is not. Right now, the time is not right.” Diaz continued, “He just lost to Oliveira, I want to fight him right now.”
Needless to say, the topic of Tony Ferguson also came up. Earlier, UFC President Dana White had stated that the promotion is working on a potential match-up for Diaz in the lightweight division.
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He also added that it’s not going to be Tony Ferguson. However, recently, the former interim lightweight champion called out Diaz for a possible match-up at the 155 or 170 pounds division.
All You Do Is Bitch Out. You Don’t Want No Squabbles From A Real Fighter. 170lbs or 155lbs… SitDown & STFU Casual. 🖕🥷 -CSO- 🇺🇸🏆🇲🇽 pic.twitter.com/rWtipz07HI
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) February 4, 2021
Earlier, there were reports of Nate Diaz returning to the lightweight division. However, it looks like that won’t be the case. Diaz stated specifically that he has no interest in fighting in the 155-pound division. He even added that he is ready to fight in the 185-pound division, but has nothing left to prove in the lightweight division.
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Who should Nate Diaz fight next?
As for a potential match-up with Tony Ferguson, Diaz added that now is not the right time to fight El Cucuy, and rightfully so. There is not much to gain from a win should both the fighters step inside the Octagon against each other. While Ferguson is coming off back to back losses inside the Octagon, Diaz is fresh off a TKO loss over Jorge Masvidal.
Be that as it may, as far as the match-up is concerned, Nate Diaz vs Tony Ferguson is as exciting as it gets. Arguably two of the greatest and most popular fighters in the history of the sport, Diaz vs Ferguson is an absolute banger.
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With Diaz looking for a possible return to the Octagon, it will be interesting to see what lies ahead for the Stockton Slugger. Needless to say, there are tons of exciting match-ups for the former lightweight title challenger.