‘I’ll Take All These Guys Out’- Nate Diaz On Fighting Kamaru Usman And Other Welterweight Contenders

Published 06/13/2021, 7:59 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Nate Diaz of the United States fights against Jorge Masvidal (not pictured) of the United States in the Welterweight “BMF” championship bout during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

UFC veteran and perennial fan favorite Nate Diaz made his return to the octagon after two years as he fought Leon Edwards in the main card of UFC 263. The card, which was headlined by a middleweight title clash between Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori, saw a record being created.


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Terrance McKinney created lightweight history as he knocked Matt Frevola in 7 seconds. His effort, though, still fell short in front of UFC’s all-time record. That belonged to Jorge Masvidal, who knocked Ben Askren in a 5 second KO win.


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Coming back to Diaz, the Stockton native fought Edwards in a first-ever 5 round non-title match. Edwards fairly dominated the match for the first four rounds. Diaz almost gave him a scare in round five, but Edwards hung in enough to manage a unanimous decision win.

The win has ensured that Edwards now is a step closer to the title fight. He could face Kamaru Usman in a rematch if all things align accordingly.

In the post-fight interview, Diaz was asked about his opinion on Edwards fighting for the title next. The fan-favorite asked who is the champion and then proceeded to his answer. “He lost to Kamaru last time. I don’t know, let’s see that. That fight, rematch… I think I take all these guys out,” he said.

Diaz hasn’t been active in the octagon for the last five years. After his marathon matchup with Conor McGregor in 2016, he has only featured in 3 other matches including this one. He now has a 2 match skid.


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Dana White unsure about what’s next for Nate Diaz

Dana White had few words of praise for Diaz as he applauded his endurance to survive the match after being cut open badly.

Diaz also hoped that he can make a return in 3-4 months for his next fight. He, however, didn’t mention any specific opponent. White said he can’t really figure it either at this point.

“I don’t know (what’s next),” White said. “He’s a fan-favorite, people love him (to) win, lose, or draw. I don’t know. We’ll see what’s next.

“His leg was done in the first round, he went five rounds taking leg kicks, bleeding out of both sides of his head,” White said to reporters in post-fight at UFC 263. “One was squirting this way, one way squirting this way. He was still doing what the Diaz brothers do.


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“He was working the whole fight to get into his head and try to make him make a mistake, and then he eventually caught him in the fifth round. He’s unbelievable. He’s gonna be asking us for a six-round fight next time.”

Well, Diaz has now recorded 3 losses in 4 matches with his solitary win coming against Anthony Pettis at UFC 241. At the advanced age of 36, the gruesome fights and subsequent injuries will only slow him down from here onwards. For now, he may have to wait to find his next opponent.

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.