It appears Nate Diaz impressed UFC brass and fans alike in his victory at UFC on FOX 3, earning a title shot against the winner of Frankie Edgar-Benson Henderson 2. The rising lightweight caught up with FUEL TV to breakdown the submission and take a look at things to come.
“I’d like to get Ben Henderson. Let’s speed up the process a little bit and make that title fight happen,” said Diaz who has no problem his turn for the championship.
“I’ve been going hard for the last seven years. I’ve fought every three to five months. I haven’t had more of a break than that. So I think if I slow things down right now and take a little break. I’m not saying I want to wait out some long out drawn out ****… But maybe a sit back session for a minute.”
Diaz will have to wait until the Henderson-Edgar rematch–expected August 11 at UFC 150—is settled. While Diaz has no problem waiting, you can be sure fans are eager to see the fight after the statement he made in last night’s main event.
Diaz got the better of the exchanges early on and did not let off the gas, tapping Miller with a guillotine in the second round. The season 5 TUF winner earned the win in typical Diaz fashion, stalking his opponent with punches in bunches before showcasing his slick submissions on the ground.
“I just put the work in man and trained hard. I’ve got the best team in the world so I just went out there and fought how I trained and tried to make it happen,” said Diaz who admits he did not feel the same pressure from Miller.
“The whole time, I was kind of realizing like you’re not hurting me. I was never like this is it or anything but I did feel him start easing up after little points of the fight.”
The Stockton southpaw has strung together three in row to bring his record to 16-7. Last night’s performance was good for submission of the night.