If there is one MMA fighter actively competing today whom the MMA community would recognize as the combat sport’s resident bad boy, most will probably say it is Nate Diaz. Starting his career back in 2004 with a win over Alejandro Garcia at WEC 12, Diaz has since accumulated an 18-10-0 record in which 21 of those fights were in the UFC. Diaz has earned numerous fight night awards including five Fight of the Night awards, one KO of the Night award, five Submission of the Night awards, and winning The Ultimate Fighter 5. However, Diaz is far more known for his liberal use of profanity and politically incorrect lingo, especially towards UFC situations he disagrees with. Case and point, Diaz has used gay slurs before and probably would have used them in association to CM Punk being signed on if he weren’t suspended for it.
Despite the numerous hostile situations Nate Diaz (along with his brother Nick Diaz) has been in, he is ready to use his vulgarity as a means to “step the f**k up.” Diaz has made it known that he is gunning for the money fight against Conor McGregor.
Nate Diaz made his intentions clear recently during an interview with Ariel Helwani during the build-up for UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Cowboy 2, as reported by MMA News. During the interview, Diaz discussed how he’s been gunning to participate in big money matches, aiming to win to get the type of payday that he has long been seeking.
In between the parts of the interview MMA fans have come to expect whenever any of the Diaz Brothers are talking (vague details, interruptions, etc.), Nate Diaz said something interesting pertaining to UFC featherweight champion, Conor McGregor, as detailed by MMA Mania.
“He don’t want that fight. You’re going to fight those guys who you punked at the press conference? You guys lost. I don’t know if people think about it like that. When I saw that, I was a fight fan, I’m not a fan anymore. I signed up for fighting to let you know I’m the motherf**king… you know? What did you sign up for? I’m a fighter. You’re going to sit there and steal the show at my press conference? Then I’m going to step the f**k up. Conor did a great job. He did a great job. That’s what you’re supposed to do. If he wants to come up and get the money fight, get the good fight… you know where that’s at.”
Nate Diaz is aiming for a shot at Conor McGregor. However, Diaz reversed the situation to his favor saying that the real money fight isn’t just anyone against McGregor, but McGregor against Diaz. Maybe it is because Diaz realizes both of them are excellent promoters because they are big talkers. Whatever the case may be, Diaz would not let up on the matter as he called out McGregor after defeating Michael Johnson at UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Cowboy 2. Needless to say, Diaz’s words were quite colorful and had to be censored out. However, for those who want to listen to Diaz’s diatribe in all its profane glory, it is available to view below.
Right now, UFC is weighing the options on who Conor McGregor will fight next. Right now, it is a toss up among Frankie Edgar, who is currently the No. 2 ranked fighter in the UFC featherweight division, and UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos. Yet, the heat Nate Diaz has already built between he and McGregor may be the catalyst for UFC to set up a fight between the two. The war of words alone would rake in big money alone.
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