May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Nate Diaz before his lightweight bout against Jim Miller during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Nate Diaz wins by submission in round two Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
In the main event of UFC on Fox 3: "Diaz vs. Miller" last night (Sat., May 5, 2012) at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Nate Diaz submitted Jim Miller in the second round of their 155-pound showdown.
And he earned himself a title shot in the process.
That was confirmed by UFC President Dana White at the UFC on FOX 3 post-fight press conference. Initially, it looked as though Anthony Pettis would swoop in and an unofficial mini tournament would be held. Pettis should be back from injury in September and that would be right around the time Diaz could be back in action after some time off.
Plus, the big Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar rematch is likely to take place in September as well.
That sounds all well and good but in a rare instance of White living up to his promises, Diaz was given the choice to wait for the title shot. Obviously, a title shot is far more appealing than a fight to risk losing it with little to gain other than another paycheck.
And so the stage is set, Maniacs. Believe it or not, Nate Diaz could be a UFC champion by the time his brother, Nick, returns to the Octagon. Either way, before the year is out, Diaz vs. Henderson or Edgar is set.
Anyone willing to put money on Stockton bringing a UFC belt home?