Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight titleholder Anthony Pettis knows what he's getting into with his upcoming coaching gig opposite new division number one contender Gilbert Melendez on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 20 (details).
Melendez will almost certainly bring along his friends and training partners, Nate and Nick Diaz. And considering how much noise Nate has made since "Showtime" won the 155-pound strap, he's willing to extend the trash-talking slugger a division title shot.
Right after he gets done with "El Nino" (via MMA Fighting):
"Nate Diaz, me and him have some history. He's talked a lot in the media, he's mentioned my name a lot. He's not too far off from a title shot. A few more wins he might be a guy who is challenging me for my belt. But he made it personal. He's talking a lot and that's something I don't like. If he makes it personal than for me, it's a personal fight. The fans want to see that fight as well. He talks a lot. That would be a good fight after Melendez. They say they're number one and number two in the world. I guess we'll find out soon."
Diaz declared himself -- along with Melendez -- the top two lightweight fighters in the world following a knockout win over Gray Maynard. In addition, he promised to "hunt down" the champ, who responded with a lissssssp and a crack about middle fingers.
But fans hoping to see these two hook 'em up anytime soon are likely to be disappointed. "Showtime" has been out of action due to a knee injury and won't be returning until December, putting a potential Diaz fight on the shelf until some time in 2015.
Assuming both men keep winning and don't get hurt in the process.