Nate Diaz sets his eyes on UFC gold following his win over Conor McGregor, but also is upset over the comments on his win over the Irishman.
Nate Diaz wants to go for broke for a shot at UFC gold.
In an interview with Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com, Diaz said that he is now eyeing the lightweight title held by Rafael dos Anjos, who pulled out of the mega-fight against Conor McGregor due to a broken foot. Diaz eventually replaced dos Anjos and won the match via submission.
“I’m thinking probably the lightweight title fight, whatever is biggest. The biggest thing with Lawler and GSP — I would have been all about those fights and I am, but at the same time, my brother [Nick] is coming back and those are his fights,” said Diaz to ESPN.com.
“Those are Nick Diaz fights. I’m not trying to step on his shoes. We’ll see how things play out. As far as rematches go, I lost close decisions and never got a rematch.”
“I’m not asking for anything. I’m demanding more than everybody. I want more than everybody, straight up. Money talks. I want the biggest fight. Whoever I’ve got to fight — the biggest show, biggest payday — that’s what I want.”
Despite winning over McGregor inside the Octagon, Diaz felt like he lost the bout after not gaining the recognition from both the UFC and the fans for his effort, according to MMA Fighting.
“I feel like, honest, I feel like the UFC wants to weed me the f–k out of this position,” said Diaz. “I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that. Sorry. I feel like a lot of people are coming at me now. I see them making a lot of excuses for [McGregor], and I think it’s kind of ridiculous.
“I don’t think it’s just the UFC. It’s everybody. People are saying, ‘Oh, [McGregor] is great, he’s accepted the loss so well.’ If I would have lost, people would be saying, ‘piece of s–t shouldn’t have accepted the fight.’ I don’t mean to be bitter, but there are a lot of excuses being made for this guy. He’s talking about winning the first round. There are five rounds in a fight. Who gives a s–t if you won a round? You lost.”
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