Flourishing in Lightweight Return, Nate Diaz Fighting for Title Shot at UFC on Fox 3

April 30, 2012
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Nate Diaz UFC 125Nate Diaz looks to put himself at the top of the heap in the lightweight division when he meets Jim Miller in the UFC on FOX 3 main event. The fight will be a five rounder near Miller’s backyard in East Rutherford, N.J.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Diaz getting here though.  After having mixed success and going 2-2 at welterweight, Diaz has returned to his more natural weight class and has been on an absolute tear back at lightweight, scoring victories over Takanori Gomi and Donald Cerrone.

Diaz believes that his inconsistent performances had to do with a lack of motivation.  Back at lightweight, he was fighting the toughest fighters and the biggest names, while at welterweight he was fighting tough guys with less name value.

“I don’t know. I mean, more guys maybe and those were some of them and that was one point in my life I didn’t plan on leaving 170,” Diaz said during the UFC on Fox 3 media conference call.  “I left the lightweight contender in the weight division to fight guys nobody knew.  When I was fighting at lightweight, I was fighting guys who had big names at lightweight, so that’s why I came back.”

The return to 155 pounds was an easy decision for the 27-year-old, as he got to fight the big name, top ranked fighters once again.  While he certainly fought stiff opposition at welterweight, Diaz felt unappreciated there, like he wasn’t taken as serious at 170 pounds.

“I was fighting with guys that didn’t have big names like Dong Hyun Kim and Rory MacDonald.  So it’s kind of rough.  I was like, if I’m going to be fighting people with names at lightweight, I might as well go back there and instead of sitting here and jumping all over the place.”

Now, on May 5, Diaz gets his wish when he gets a top lightweight contender in Miller, with a shot at the lightweight title on line. And if the Cesar Gracie black belt shows us that same type of motivation as he did in his last two outings, Miller will be in store for one long, difficult night.

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  • smill0313

    Miller all day over diaz.

    • maddawgmar

      How do you figure? Diaz has better stand up and better Jitz. Not to mention he has a major reach advantage.

    • mich1fan

      Only if he takes him down and humps him the whole time. Stand up is not even close, and BJJ goes in favor of Diaz to. So the only way Miller can win is with takedowns and stalling.

  • sc_f0e989a8a1b8a986f2f5f33065393a41

    Nate & Nick will be champion one day two of the most exciting fighter in the UFC

  • phrankthetank

    Really? You got schooled because you WEREN’T fighting top names? What a load of crap.

    • Triggerman99

      That’s not what he said. He meant it wasn’t worth it if nobody was noticing.

  • sc_f0e989a8a1b8a986f2f5f33065393a41

    Past is the past. Nate making top names look like Rookie at 155 just watch him summit Miller. Diaz’s are the truth.

    • macgrubber

      bad troll.

  • How is the winner going to get a title shot next?
    What happened to Pettis?
    Or is he going to get screwed again?
    I know that he’s out with an injury, but he should be good to go after Henderson v. Edgar.

    • maddawgmar

      Pettis is a joke… He lost to Guida then got a lucky decision against Stephens. Then a KO against Lauzon who isn’t top ten material, he needs two more victories over top guys first.

      • shakejunt


        • maddawgmar

          That’s a brilliant rebutal to my comment. I take it by your wonderful insult, that you can’t come up with anything to refute my opinion. Because it’s true, he needs to earn the title fight by a couple more wins over top competition, not tune up fights.

  • Towers66

    Diaz will win by unanimous decision.

  • MaritalArtist

    He didn’t lose because of lack of motivation. He was losing because he was fighting bigger guys. He belongs at 155, just as penn does. For te record, Evans belongs at MW, Vera at LHW, Brock at super duper weight, and overeem at superoid weight.

  • KBEsq

    Is there one freakin’ picture where one of the Diaz brothers doesn’t look like a mongoloid, neanderthal?

    It’s always the same shot. Shoulders arched up; eye brows down to look super serious; lips in the shape of a frown; and head tilted up.

  • JimmyB

    That ugly ass face and puffy chest didn’t help much against R. MacDonald, and i’m thinking it wont against Miller either. Perpare for an ass whippin son!!!

    • RonnieV

      BIG DIFFERENCE between a very well-rounded 170 lb Rory MacDonald, and a 155 pound Jim Miller. After watching Rory demolish Che Mills, I find it impressive that Nate walked out of their fight unscathed.

      • phrankthetank

        If you consider being suplexed on his head 15 times unscathed

        • RonnieV

          Oh I know Diaz was dominated by MacDonald. But he walked out of the 3 round match looking a helluva a lot better than Che Mills. MacDonald was a good eye opener for Nate, letting him know he needs to lose another 15 lbs, if he wanted to be a contender.

  • Towers66

    Fighters have bad nights. That was a really bad night for Nate. The Rory fight was really incredible, He(Rory)found a style/move that worked and utilized it over and over. It worked out well and he made Diaz look like a fricken bitch. That fight probably did Diaz more good than bad because he found an area that he needed serious improvement in and neither of their reputations were big at the time of the fight. Perfect timing for Diaz to get his ass kicked by a nobody(now a serious somebody)and learn from it. Now Rousey is working with the Cesar camp which definitely can’t be a bad thing. You won’t see Nate getting tossed around like that ever again…guarantee it. Plus the Condit fight with Nick showed HUGE holes in the style the Diaz brothers bring to the Octagon. I believe Nate will come out better than we’ve ever seen. If Nick returns to MMA it’s going to be very interesting to see how he mixes his game up. Everyone knows they throw insane amounts of punches, intense combinations, they don’t deal well with frustration and they both have very good Jiu-Jitsu skills. I believe they will still bring the old school style but a little spice has been added to the brawler reputation that they have lingering around. Nate will beat Miller in my opinion. Either way, they are both game. It will be a much better fight than the “Rematch Title Belt”. I’m so disappointed about Edgar getting a rematch. He is amazing but it hurts the integrity of the Belt/Champion system when a fighter has 3-4 rematch title fights in a row….sorry, off the subject. Benson won that fight fair and square. Edgar lost fair and square. Maybe he should’nt get shoved to the back of the line but he should have had to get a proper win against a top 4-7 ranked LW to earn the rematch. shit pisses me off. I feel like the next 6,7 or 8 months of the LW belt is on suspension due to ANOTHER rematch. Sigh.

    • macgrubber

      Stopped reading once i got to “and learn from it”. The diazs dont learn from anything. They cry and complain when they lose and make all types of excuses how it wasnt their fault. it was the guy running or the judges or this and that. They wont learn because they cant. Brain dead. Side effect of pot?

      • Triggerman99

        Yeah, because They are both the same exact fighters they were 5 years ago. Way to analyze, Rogan.

        • macgrubber

          whos talking 5 years. All i heard after the condit fight was excuses about running and judges.


    The Diazes kick ass-anyone who disagrees hasn’t had their ass beat