The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 Finale main event last night (Sat., Nov. 30, 2013) from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, ended in spectacular fashion, with Nate Diaz putting several of his Stockton stamps on Gray Maynard en route to a first round knockout.
Following his devastating victory of over "The Bully" to win their trilogy, Diaz arrived at the post-fight press conference (watch replay here) ready to rap to mixed martial arts (MMA) media in attendance. He didn't disappoint, especially when he was asked about what his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fight future might hold.
Whether it be inside the confines of the Lightweight division, or another step up in weight to 170 pounds, Diaz had one point to get across:
"I think I'll sit on the sideline for a good long minute until someone gets injured and I get a title fight."
UFC President Dana White chuckled, but Diaz made a valid argument, one he has been tweeting about for the last month. The 209 area code representative, of course, alluded to Anthony Pettis' path to the 155-pound title. The current champion, who supposedly has had run-ins with Diaz and Co. recently, has been off and on when it comes to action inside the Octagon because of nagging injuries.
"I do have a lot of losses on my record, and other people have a lot criticism and shit to talk about me losing fights. But if you take a look at my record compared to other people's record, for every two fights, I've fought six, seven times. So if they're fighting the same amount, and more consistent like I am, they're going to have more losses than me. So maybe I'll sit around for a while and wait for an injury to pop up."
According to Diaz's school of thought, if Pettis fought as frequently as Stockton's own, "Showtime's" record would have as many -- if not more blemishes -- than the nine Diaz currently has on his ledger. Not to mention, Pettis famously leap-frogged T.J. Grant, and more important to Diaz, his training partner -- recently victorious Gilbert Melendez -- who Diaz claim's is one half of the two best Lightweight fighters in the world.
Nate fucking Diaz, of course, is the other.