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
"There are a lot of fighters in the 155-pound division that are very intriguing matchups that you could put in the cage with me. At this time, I just look at that division and there are just so many great fights, there's a lot of top guys and I am sure that my first fight back at that division that, if UFC's smart, they will capitalize on my entertainment and what I bring to the table, what I bring to the cage and that's the raw, exciting, relentless warrior mentality. So matched up with any of those guys, the guy that I want the most is Nate Diaz. If he is down to scrap, I know he is knocking at the door of the title shot. I have all respect for him in that area, but, if things don't work out, and with the timing, he is the one I would like to fight, because I love them Diaz boys. They are two of my favorite fighters out there. They come and they bring it and they scrap. And I love that, that is entertaining, that is fighting if you ask me. This running around and trying to win on points, I have always been against it. I think that it's boring and I think it brings down the sport. You look at this Fox show (UFC on Fox 4) that just played on Saturday, that was fighting. That is what the Ultimate Fighting Championship is all about."
-- After announcing that he would be leaving the welterweight division one more time and dropping to lightweight, Diego Sanchez already has an opponent in mind: Nate Diaz. The request, which he made on "The MMA Hour," isn't because he has any beef with or disdain toward Nate, on the contrary, he respects Diaz and feels a fight against him would be entertaining for fans because he, along with older brother Nick Diaz, "bring it and scrap" and proclaims he is a fan of their fighting style. "The Dream" has already faced older brother Nick in 2005 in what was an exciting back-and-forth affair that saw Sanchez walk away with a unanimous decision victory. A showdown with the younger of the Diaz brothers would certainly prove to be much of the same fast paced and entertaining action, too. What do you think of Diego's request -- does a potential fight with Nate intrigue you? If not, then who should be the one to welcome Sanchez back to the lightweight division?