by MMAWeekly.com Staff
“I really don’t think I’m going to stay at 155 pounds,” Nate Diaz wrote on GracieFighter.com after a decision loss to Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 20.
“I don’t make enough money to have to drop this much weight, so I’d like to fight at 170 and only go to 55′s every once in awhile.”
It didn’t take long for the switch.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Monday granted Diaz his wish announcing that he will face former IFL’er Rory Markham in a 170-pound contest at UFC 111 on March 27 in New Jersey.
The loss to Maynard was Diaz’ third in his last four bouts, all at lightweight. He will now take his 11-5 record up to the welterweight class and give it a go.
Markham (16-5) is 1-1 since joining the ranks of the UFC. He debuted by defeating Brodie Farber with a highlight real head kick, but was KO’d by welterweight title challenger Dan Hardy last February. He hasn’t fought since due to injury.
The two are expected to fill a slot on the preliminary portion of the fight card headlined by two title bouts. UFC 111 features Georges St-Pierre defending his title against Hardy, and Frank Mir and Shane Carwin battling it out for the interim UFC heavyweight title.