Following his win at UFC 118, Stockton’s own Nate Diaz didn’t hide the fact that he feels he’s ready for the best, not only at his new weight of 170 lbs but also at 155 lbs.

“I’d like to get someone in the top three contenders at either lightweight or welterweight rather than against some tough guy that’s not as popular or not as high in the rankings. I want to try and get a belt here sometime.”


Diaz even went as far as to calling out Gray Maynard, saying the two should fight before Lightweight champ Frankie Edgar makes his next defense. Following these comments though, UFC President Dana White made it clear that Maynard would not lose his title shot.

Since moving up from lightweight to welterweight, Diaz has won two straight and looked outstanding in both outings. In his bout with Marcus Davis at UFC 118, Diaz completely dominated “The Irish Hand Grenade” for two rounds before submitting him in the third. The win gets Diaz that much closer to a world title and proves that he’s ready for a top opponent at 170 lbs. 

Dana White sounded like he’d like Diaz to stay at welterweight, saying how good and stong he looked in his previous two bouts.

It will be interesting to see what Diaz’s next move will be. Will he move back down to lightweight to take on the “tough guys” of the division like he said or will he continue his quick ascent up the welterweight ladder?

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