Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight number one contender Nate Diaz was kicked in the head and pounded out by Josh Thomson in their 155-pound scrap at last month's UFC on FOX 7 event (see the highlights here), which took place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
While even the most die-hard Diaz fans had trouble swallowing that one, Thomson wasn't going to just sit idly by while his former opponent ran his name through the mud. In fact, he even dished a little dirt of his own, telling BJPenn.com that the Cesar Gracie-trained fighter failed to make weight.
"I think the biggest thing is this; he is interested in a rematch with me, one thing he needs to remember before the fight even happened, he was complaining after weigh ins, about how he was moving back up to 170, so he couldn’t even make weight when we fought the first time. Nate knows this ... We all let it slide because it was a huge fight, but you didn’t make the weight and you still lost. So unless you plan on fighting me a 170 then I’m not really interested. Like I said, I’m looking forward to the title shot, I’m looking forward to getting in there for the title. If I have to go through him again to do it, then so be it, maybe you should start watching what you eat, maybe you should start doing that to take care of yourself. You couldn’t make the weight the first time and that was something I was going to keep to myself, but you want to start talking trash? Saying all these things, knowing that I beat you fair and square, I guess next time we’ll take 20 percent of your purse if you don’t make weight. It’s an issue I could have brought up and made a big deal about but I didn’t do it because that’s not the kind of person I am. I could have made a big fuss and taken it, rubbed some salt in the wound and taken 20 percent of your purse after you lost, but I didn’t. That’s the kind of person I am, I moved on and I suggest you do the same thing."
Even with comments like this, that's a pretty serious accusation.
Fans who may not remember or who perhaps overlooked the UFC on FOX 7 weigh ins, you can check out the video here and skip to 26:10 as Diaz gets his turn on the scale. There seems to be an inordinate amount of discussion while he's standing there in his birthday suit but nevertheless, his weight is announced as 156 (the commission allows for one pound extra in non-title fights).
Oh, the irony.
Nate's older bother Nick was at the center of controversy earlier this year in Montreal when he accused Georges St. Pierre of being overweight for their UFC 158 championship bout, finding favor with the Quebec Athletic Commission -- via "Canadian loophole" -- despite exceeding the 170-pound limit.
See all the gory details on that mess here.
Now the tables have been turned and it's the Diaz camp that has some explaining to do. Or not, if Thomson is simply hurling accusations in what has dissolved into an unnecessary war of verbal attrition. The fight was ended pretty convincingly and there's really no reason for them to have a rematch.
Unless you, the fight fan, believes otherwise.