Putting the kibosh on persistent rumors that Nate Diaz would be fighting Anthony Pettis before getting a title fight, UFC president Dana White revealed at tonight’s UFC on FOX 3 post-fight press conference that the younger of the fighting Diaz brothers will indeed be granted a shot at the belt.
Diaz impressively defeated Jim Miller by submission in the main event of UFC on FOX 3 tonight in East Rutherford, New Jersey, winning his third straight and becoming the first man to ever finish Miller in the process.
It was assumed early on that Diaz would get to face the winner of the upcoming Benson Henderson-Frankie Edgar rematch with a win over Miller, but White cooled those talks in the weeks leading up to the fight by pointing out how long Diaz would have to sit on the sidelines and wait for Henderson-Edgar 2 to play out (Henderson and Edgar won’t be fighting before August).
However, it turns out that Diaz is happy to wait and the UFC is happy to oblige him. So, if plans don’t change between now and then, Nate Diaz will be fighting for the UFC lightweight championship in his next outing.