UFC lightweight Nate Diaz talked about his stoppage loss to Josh Thomson this past weekend as well as his future in the UFC. Diaz spoke with BJPENN Radio about the two issues.
The younger Diaz brother believes that his bout with Thomson was stopped early, but respected his corner’s decision to throw in the towel and the ref’s call to end the fight.
“My corner threw in the towel. The thing with that is, I don’t blame anybody for stopping that fight; the ref was doing his job, he thought it looked like it was time to be over and my corner did as well. But at the same time, none of them were in there fighting. [Thomson] won, [he] did a good job getting the fight stopped, you know what I’m saying; he accomplished his mission, he got in there and got the fight stopped. But I’m going to tell you right now- from being in there, I’ll tell you right now- he won the fight, but he didn’t beat me, you know what I’m saying?”
Diaz also insists he will be moving to welterweight for his next fight, despite the objections of UFC president Dana White. Diaz referenced the tough weight class as his main reason for the decision, stating:
“I’m going to fight at 170, and if I’m going to get my rematches with any types of Gray Maynards or Josh Thomsons or anybody I ever lost to who never even really beat me, I will fight these mother****ers and I’ll go to lightweight for my rematches; …other than that, I’m going to 170 and I’m never making weight again, never making 155 again unless it’s worth my while.”
In his last run at welterweight, Diaz won his first two fights over Rory Markham and Marcus Davis before being handled by perennial contenders Rory MacDonald and Dong Hyun Kim.
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