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Following first career knockout loss, Dana White would like to see Nate Diaz stay at lightweight

UFC President Dana White told reporters following Nate Diaz's knockout loss to Josh Thomson that he would like to see the Stockton native stay at 155-pounds for his next fight, despite Diaz saying he plans on making a return to welterweight.

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Nate Diaz is toying with the thoughts of a second venture to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight division, but the organization's president Dana White isn't particularly keen on the idea.

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 5 winner stated prior to his UFC on FOX 7 showdown with Josh Thomson that --win or lose-- he would be returning to 170-pounds for his next fight.

Going into Saturday's (April 20, 2013) event in San Jose, Calif., White didn't seem to care one way or another what weight the Stockton native competed at, but after seeing the 28-year-old dismantled and knocked out for the first time in his career by "The Punk," the UFC boss isn't fond of the idea of Diaz jumping up a division.

"I think going to 170 is a big mistake," White told a group of reporters in a scrum (watch it here) following the UFC on FOX 7 post-fight press conference. "[There are] big, strong guys at 170."

White's reasoning in this circumstance is sound. Diaz is 9-5 under the UFC banner when competing at lightweight, and as a welterweight he is a mediocre 1-2.

The last time Diaz shared the cage with another welterweight was against Rory MacDonald at UFC 129, and in that fight Diaz was literally tossed around the Octagon by the Canadian, which is why he returned to lightweight.

Despite his current two-fight losing streak in the division, White believes Diaz should stick with lightweight because moving up a weight class will only create more problems.

"He can make 155," White said. "Look what happened tonight at 155."

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