"Joe's a good dude, a tough fighter. I did some things I shouldn't have did, I shoulda pushed off and played a little smarter game ... I felt kinda discouraged when I hit my back in the first round, just didn't seem like it was goin' so good. I shoulda just changed things up a little, pushed him off me and maybe not tried to have grappled him so much. I knew he was gonna try and lay there and hold. I figured the smartest gameplan for him or anybody else out there would be to hold me there and not do anything. When he was holding me I didn't feel too motivated about getting up. I'm kinda disappointed because my brother just won and I lost, but I feel more like I just lost a 15-minute grappling match than I did a fight. It sucks."
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5 winner Nate Diaz talks about his disappointing unanimous decision loss to Joe Stevenson at TUF 9 Finale this past weekend. It was his second straight loss inside the Octagon after winning five straight and further diminished his chances at a division title shot, which could have possibly been within reach with a few more impressive wins. The good news is that the fighter out of Stockton, Calif., is just 23 years old. In the grand scheme of things the loss to "Daddy" seems like a minor speed bump; however, it appears to be tough to swallow nonetheless. He and Stevenson each earned $25,000 bonuses for putting on one of three "Fights of the Night."