Nate Diaz was not impressed with Islam Makhachev’s win at UFC 284 last night (Sat., Feb. 11, 2023) inside RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. In the pay-per-view (PPV) main event, Makhachev defended his Lightweight title against Alexander Volkanovski in an excellent fight (watch highlights).
But, after the epic 155-pound clash, Stockton’s bad boy (and several others) had the “super” fight going to Volkanovski, claiming that Makhachev didn’t do enough to prove clear-cut dominance.
“Congrats [Alexander Volkanovski],” Diaz initially tweeted, And then, as soon as the scorecards were read a few minutes later, he wrote, “Yeah right Islam got his asss whooped.”
Yeah right Islam got his asss whooped— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) February 12, 2023
Diaz wasn’t alone in thinking Makhachev didn’t earn the nod — plenty of mixed martial arts (MMA) media and fighters felt the Volkanovski won the fight, including Marlon “Chito” Vera.
I thought volk won.— C H T O V E R A (@chitoveraUFC) February 12, 2023
Nevertheless, the Dagastani fighter became the first person to defeat Volkanovski inside the Octagon, snapping his 22-fight MMA win streak in the process.
Remember that Diaz has an ongoing, low-key feud with Makhachev’s teammate and mentor, Khabib Nurmagomedov. So, full disclosure, Diaz might have been biased toward Volkanovski.
Whatever the case, the former UFC fighter is still planning his next move fight-wise and will probably be watching Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler very closely. Oh, and his fight promotion, Real Fight Inc., will debut this year at some point.
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