UFC lightweight Nate Diaz has been eying a return to the Octagon after requesting to be released from the company not too long ago, but the powers of the UFC said they’re not looking to let their long time The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season five winner go at this point (read this).
Diaz (17-7, 12-7 UFC) has gone 50/50 over the past couple years in the Octagon, his last outing being the destruction of Gray “The Bully” Maynard in Nov. 2013. But following the big win over Maynard, he voiced his plans to takeover the division with his buddies — by any means necessary — in 2014 (video here).
The company president Dana White recently stated that Diaz is looking to get back in there and yet his brother Nick continues to sit out on the sidelines.
The native of Stockton CA released a tweet on the night of UFC 173: Barao vs Dillashaw, stating he was offered a fight with Jake Ellenberger a couple months ago, but “The Juggernaut” didn’t accept the challenge and the UFC brass apparently told him to keep it on the hush. Ellenberger instead faced Robbie Lawler at UFC 173 and, well, we all saw what happened there (read details).
What should they do with Diaz(s)?
To be honest, I don’t think they should meet any of their demands at this point.
After Matt Brown recorded his seventh straight UFC win and said he wants war with Nick Diaz, younger brother Nathan came out and said he’d take one for the team, opting to move up in weight to face the red hot TUF veteran in Brown. Those thoughts were quickly shot down by the company president, who said it doesn’t make any sense for Nate to move up and face a top-ranked welterweight at this point.
Considering Ellenberger was ranked at No.5 in the 170-pound standings before this past weekend, it probably sounds like some BS to most people. But in Dana’s defense, Juggernaut was coming off his most embarrassing showing inside the Octagon and didn’t quite have any face value left at 170 after sitting out for a year with injuries and such.
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