Nate Diaz is set to return to the Octagon after nearly three years away to take on Anthony Pettis. However, he is set to fight at 170 pounds.
The Stockton-native says he is done with lightweight even though he is the king of the division.
“I’m just done with the 155 thing,” Diaz said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. That’s in the past. I think it’s time to start fighting at a more comfortable weight class. There’s nothing for me there. I already did everything, beat everybody. I feel I’m the king of that division anyways. I mean, I am the king of that division. So I’m just going to leave it where it’s at. There was no love for it. . . There’s no opponents there. That sh*t’s weak.”
“Khabib, I already slapped him in his face,” Diaz said. “I already told you guys that. And I beat Conor before him, quicker than him, easier than him. He’s just gonna ignore that, act like whatever. He’s just being a little big-headed right now. So I’m just like, whatever. I don’t need to fight him anyways, because I’ve already got a victory over him. He’s just gonna hide out and play champ and act like a good guy, f*cking Mr. f*cking Humble f*cking Khabib. I’m not buying that sh*t. I don’t need to sit around here and f*cking chase nobody. If anybody be doing the chasing, they got to come this way. So I’m gonna retire that division as champ. I slapped both Conor and Khabib, so how does that make anybody a winner?”
Although many are not surprised to see him going to welterweight, there is one interesting bout there. That is against Conor McGregor and doing the trilogy bout. However, Nate Diaz has no interest in the fight and doesn’t think it will ever happen.
“I’m not interested in it at all,” Diaz said. “I’m interested in winners. He lost his last fight, and I won my last fight. You think I’m trying to fight someone who just got his ass beat all over the place? I’m a black belt in jiu-jitsu. That sh*t wouldn’t happen to me.”
“[The UFC] were dissing me, saying I f—ing turned down fights. I was like, ‘Dude, what are you talking about?’ You’re giving this guy the world, and you’re putting this guy down. That’s why I haven’t been fighting. Why would I work for you while you’re over here playing me?
”Three years went by and then they start expecting me to start screaming for f*cking Conor as soon as he loses? Nah, dude, I won that last fight. I’ll fight Khabib. Then Khabib is playing like I have to win something to get to him. I’m like, ‘What are you talking about, dude? You have to win to get to me. I slapped you.’”