Following two straight losses at welterweight, Nate Diaz made his return to the lightweight division, where he fought his older brother’s old foe, Takanori Gomi.
Though this fight wasn’t as nail-biting an affair as the elder Diaz’s tilt with Gomi, it was certainly as impressive. Diaz showed a disciplined and crisp stand-up game, absolutely lighting up the haymaker-throwing Gomi on the feet before tapping him with an armbar he hit off of a triangle transition. Though Gomi has gone back and forth at 155lbs., Diaz respects him more as a competitor than some of the fighters who’ve beaten The Fireball Kid.
“Gomi is a legend,” Diaz said. “He’s done a lot of good things. I’ve got to fight him because he’s signed to fight me, and he’s in my bracket. I was just saying that he lost to a couple guys in the UFC, but he’s done a lot cooler things than some of the guys that he’s lost to. It’s an honor to fight someone like that, a worthy opponent. He’s a guy I used to look up to and still do. I just had to play it smart because that guy will get you.”
A proud part of the fighting 209, Diaz is looking to stay at lightweight for now, where he wants to get back into the title contention mix.
“A lot of the guys I beat are top contenders at 155,” Diaz said. “Melvin Guillard is about to get a title shot and (Clay) Guida – I thought I beat up Guida pretty good. I can’t stay at 170 when all the guys I’m whooping are at the top of the division.”