Nick Diaz desires his subsequent combat to be towards UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
Diaz is a legend within the sport, however along with his thirty ninth birthday in August, the Stockton hero’s finest days are doubtless behind him.
Nonetheless, Diaz says it is a combat he can really get motivated for and never for the primary time, he’s calling for a combat with Usman.
“[We’re] engaged on finish of the 12 months. I’m simply targeted on my coaching proper now,” he informed TMZ when requested when his subsequent UFC combat will likely be.
“If I’m going to combat, I wish to combat for the title… They wish to say that I wish to combat a bunch of fellows and stuff like that. Properly, you realize what? It’s an even bigger combat.
“Simply skip all of the mess. I don’t have to go in there and get my ass whooped by one of many younger guys, anyway – and it’s not that I gained’t win.
“It’s simply not motivating to combat any individual that’s – I wish to combat for the title. I’m 38 years previous.”
Diaz was a Strikeforce welterweight champion in his prime. The UFC purchased the rival promotion in 2011 and lots of of its stars ended up in UFC by the point Strikeforce ceased in early 2013.
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Within the UFC, Diaz challenged Georges St Pierre and Carlos Condit for the UFC welterweight title, however he got here up quick on each events.
Apart from that, he fought Anderson Silva at middleweight in 2015 after which Robbie Lawler final 12 months. Diaz has had simply 4 fights and no victories prior to now 11 years.
And but, he thinks he might dethrone the pound-for-pound primary fighter within the UFC as we speak who’s on a 19-fight win streak, 15 of these in UFC and 6 of them title fights.
“I feel I’ll beat him. … I might find it irresistible in the event that they gave me a shot,” Diaz mentioned.
The American made an analogous suggestion final 12 months, however UFC president Dana White was strongly towards the thought.
“You assume he needs to be preventing Kamaru Usman?” White requested Yahoo Sports activities.
“You already know what I’ve been saying recently: Kamaru Usman is the pound-for-pound finest fighter on this planet, OK? [He beat Jorge] Masvidal twice, Gilbert Burns, Tyron Woodley, [Rafael dos Anjos], Demian Maia, Leon Edwards.
“I imply, the listing of fellows that this man has overwhelmed is unbelievable, and the way in which that he beat them.
“He’s the world champion in that division and he’s the pound-for-pound finest fighter on this planet. Does anyone on the market assume that that’s who Nick Diaz ought to come again and combat after not preventing for seven years? That might be an fool that might make that combat.”
Diaz’s final outing with Lawler ended when he was knocked down with punches in spherical three. When he was given the chance to return to his ft, Diaz stayed down and verbally submitted leading to a TKO loss.