Nate Diaz Will Wait for Title Shot, Faces Winner of Henderson vs. Edgar II

May 5, 2012
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Nate Diaz at UFC 141
Title shots don’t come along everyday so Nate Diaz will wait for his chance to fight for a world title.

Following a dominant finish over Jim Miller to cap off the UFC on Fox 3 card from New Jersey, Nate Diaz learned that he would indeed be offered a title shot against the winner of Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar.

The only problem is Henderson and Edgar won’t fight until sometime around September, which means Diaz would likely be on the shelf for the majority of the remainder of the year waiting to face the winner should he choose to sit out.

Well, waiting is exactly what he’ll do.

“I’m just going to wait it out and see what happens,” Diaz said after his win.

UFC President Dana White confirmed it as well by saying that Diaz would get the next crack at the belt, but would not have to fight again if he didn’t choose to, and it appears he will sit on the sidelines and await Henderson and Edgar to settle their rematch, then he’ll face the winner.

This also puts to rest earlier rumors that Diaz might instead opt to face former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis later this year and the winner of that fight would get the next shot at the UFC lightweight strap.

“He’s going to wait for the title shot,” White stated. “I said if he won if he wanted to fight Pettis, he could fight Pettis. If he wanted to wait, he could wait. He’s going to wait.”

When asked about his decision, Diaz didn’t waiver from his choice. The fact is he’s getting a title shot, and that’s what why he’s in this sport.

To become the best fighter in the world.

“I’m down for whatever, whatever they say, but that sounded great to me,” Diaz said about waiting for a title shot.

Diaz will now celebrate his latest win as he awaits the date for Benson Henderson to face Frankie Edgar, and then he’ll know exactly who he’ll square off with the UFC lightweight title on the line.


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  • RubeKegal

    Nate is a p*ssy and wants no part of Pettis

    • Mario

      Hardly

      Calling any DIAZ a pu**y is like calling Bob Sapp the world’s most dangerous man.

      It’s just NOT true!

    • http://www.facebook.com/DurrtyDiesel diegomolina

      a p#ssy that spanked cerrone and miller, what an idiotic comment. what exactly does pettis do better the n.diaz? ceasar bjj blackbelt, outstanding boxing. tough chin. da hell u talkin about pettis for u deuce

    • mich1fan

      Hes a pu**y for wanting to wait? you never know what is going to happen so if they offer you a title shot you have to do whatever it takes to get it, cause it still is not guaranteed. Pettis would do the same thing. look at pettis, he was guaranteed a shot and still hasn’t gotten it. or rashad, he waited over two years for a shot that he was supposed to get.

      • RubeKegal

        Pettis is a tough match for Diaz and I think he knows it…he wants no part.

        • RonnieV

          Rube the keyboard Vagina is back eating crow. I’m sure you cried like a little girl when Nate whooped Miller last night, just like you did when Nate whooped Cerrone. If you met Nate you would probably lick his ass, but until then you will be a loser keyboard warrior!
          Btw, were you calling Condit a p*ssy when he said he would wait out a year w/his interim belt for for GSP! Nope!

          WAR DIAZ!!!

          • RubeKegal

            Condit is a stud who did many things noone has ever done.

            He’s the first man to knock Dan Hardy out
            He’s the only fighter with win over Ellenberger in UFC
            He’s the only fighter to beat Rory McDonald WHO WHOOPED YOUR BOY NATE BAD!!!
            He’s the only fighter to stop Dong Hyun Kim

            I would kick the ass of Nate Diaz if I ever met him and im confident in that. Nate is ducking Pettis plain and simple.

    • http://www.facebook.com/alda1981 alkisdadinopoulos

      nate is a pussy? seriously some people are either downright retarded or fuckin blind…

    • Triggerman99

      The stip for this match was win and you get a title shot.
      He won. He gets a title shot. That’s pretty cut and dry.

    • WhiteboyGBJJ

      RubeKegal, First off, what kind of name is that? Calling someone a pussy like that is real tough. Just drive on over to Lodi and walk your ass into the gym and call him that to his face tough guy.

    • mod777

      Calling Nate Diaz a Pussy is your dad calling you a bastard. After taking on Jim Miller one of the most well rounded guy. Facing Pettis is not easy but is not impossible. Jeremy Stephen almost broke him down how much more Nate could do.

  • ardog

    right… Nate has 11 wins in the ufc… pettis has what 3 fights. it doesn’t matter what he did in wec. Nate isn’t gonna respect that.

    • RubeKegal

      exactly cuz he’s a punk…>WAR Pettis!!!

      • RonnieV

        The V#gina keyboard warrior (BoobKegal) must have been crying like a little girl last night! Just like he did when Nate whooped Cerrone. Ba ha ha! Get a life Rube!

        • RubeKegal

          What the reading public doesn’t know is that Ronnie V is typing this while simultaneously being jizzed on by both Diaz bros…..with his mouth wide open.

    • MrAdidas

      11 Wins Vs. so so fighters with a couple of decent fighters. Pettis defeated B. Henderson, who is 10X better than any of the oponents Nate has fought/beat!

      FYI: I’d take Pettis record & his 3 HUGE wins over Joe Lauzon, Jeremy Stephens & Ben Henderson than Diaz’s record and all of his wins. Diaz’s top 3 wins are … J.Miller (who is overrated IMO – good fighter but not even close to being World champ), D. Cerrone (which was impressive), and Guillard or Gomi (NOT very impreesed). Gomi lost 3 of 5 & lost 5 of his last 9 fights, which is why it’s nothing impressive that Nate beat him, b/c so has everyone else & M.Guillard … Lauzon KO’d him in 30 secs & Melvin CHOKES under the pressure.

      Nate also fought Guida, J.Stevenson, G.Maynard, Jim D-Y & Rory McDonald … and lost ALL of them fights. As I’ve said, I’d take Pettis record & who hes fought & beaten over Nate diaz’s record and the people hes fought & beat. So i’m not sure your “point” about Diaz having fought 16 times in the UFC, while Pettis has only fought 3 times.

      Yeah Diaz fought alot more people in the UFC, but he’s also lost to alot more fighters than Pettis has. WOW Diaz beat “bums” (BUMS he was suppose to beat) to pad his resume, but when it came to figthing top contenders, he lost more than he’s won.

      Diaz 16W-7L & Pettis 15W-2L! Maybe do some research b4 assuming NON facts. According to my research & the numbers/FACTS, Pettis is more accomplished than Diaz is in regards to beating top quality fighters & Pettis has done that in alot less time.

      P.S Diaz in the UFC since 2007 – Pettis hasnt been in the UFC for a year yet, but has wins over more accomplished fighters.

      • Guy In The Know

        Wrong guy… Diaz has wins over more quality opponents than Pettis. But Pettis deserves a title shot just because they need to unify the wec belt and ufc belt. Pettis first fight in the UFC should of been to unify the belts. Huge mistake by joe silva.

        • maddawgmar

          Pettis lost his WEC belt cred when he was raped by Guida. Pettis has been less than stellar in the UFC, after he got b*tched by Guida he squeaked by Stephens, I still think Stephens won that fight. His only good fight was KOing Lauzon, who has never been a top ten guy.

          Pettis needs to fight top competition before a title shot. Maybe against Maynard. But we know Maynard would destroy him.

          • RubeKegal

            yeah I believe Nate also got smashed by Guida. Not sure where you are going with that.

          • RonnieV

            Smashed? Guida beat Nate by split decision retard!

          • RubeKegal

            Beat is beat, Diaz clearly lost that fight…the judge who gave it to Diaz should have his head examined.

      • mich1fan

        how about you do some research cause lauzon didnt ko guillard, he choked him out. And you put beating quality fighters, as in plural, but only have ben henderson as his top wins. The fact is, that is your OPINION, just cause you say diaz has only beaten bums, doesnt mean anything cause your no judge of talent. They both lost to Guida, a lot of people think he beat maynard, not to mention he beat him on TUF, whether they count it or not, i do. And 2 of those losses came at 170. Get YOUR facts right.

    • rsnowbass

      Yeah buddy…beating Ben Henderson in the WEC means nothing…

      Those 2 from the WEC sure have been shown up by UFC veterans thus far… (Sarcasm)

  • MrAdidas

    WTF? I thought Pettis was suppose to get the title shot Vs. B. Henderson after Henderson beat Edgar, but then Edgar got the re-match (deservingly so). So, how in the hell does Diaz get a title shot b4 Pettis does, considering that Pettis was promissed the title fight TWICE!!!

    • RubeKegal

      agreed, Pettis is more deserving.

      • MrAdidas

        WTF is up with fighters taking a year off fighting for a possible title fight? Wasnt it two years ago that Dana White was shitting on Rashad Evans for “waiting to fight Rua”?!? If I’m not mistaken, alot of MMA fans were saying the same shit, stating that Evans was stupid & it looked good on him for taking so long off, all b/c of a title fight etc.

        Yet, now we have an interim Champ in Condit who was suppose to be the “WW Champ” while GSP was out, yet he also decided to take 8-10 months off/wait for a title fight. Now we have another guy in Nate Diaz who is also going to wit until possibly Dec 2012 or early 2013 for a title fight – that’s if everything goes according to plan, like the health of the Champ.

        For EXAMPLE … If the LW Champ gets hurt like GSP did & he’s sidelined for 10 months, that means Diaz wasted 8-10 months for NOTHING/waiting & now he will be “forced” to take a fight, b/c the champ is out for 10 months. Not only did Diaz waste 10 months to get a title fight, but now he has to fight another guy whos not the Champ, but now he’s going to have “ring rust”.

        How Evans became an idiot for wanting to wait to fight Rua for the title only a year or two ago, confuses me b/c now we have an interim Champ whos suppose to fight “#1 contenders” while GSP is out, decided to take 8-10 months off to get a title shot & now we have Nate Diaz who is going to do the same thing, but these 2 guys are considered “smart” for waiting. NOW, how in the fuck does this make any sense?!?

        • RonnieV

          As much as I want Nate to fight for the title I completely agree. It will be almost two years by the next time GSP fights. Condit will wait a year with the interim belt. The longer these guys wait, more guys work their way into the mix. Dream Card 4 months from now:
          Nate Diaz vs, Pettis (winner gets LW title fight, and doesn’t sit a year)
          Condit vs. Ellenberger for the outright Welterweight Title(GSP gets first shot at winner)
          Hendricks vs. Rory Macdonald (winner gets #1 contender status)

          • RubeKegal

            Ronnie, I absolutely hate saying this, but I agree.

    • cockrobin1

      exactually how did diaz jump pettis for title shot? because that red neck dana white thinks he mr big an he calls the shots,on the subject of daiz waiting about i to believe he is taking the easy option waiting about he knows pettis would destroy him an so will ben henderson

  • clizzark

    Pettis gets screwed over again, and Nate is too scared to face Pettis? Nate can’t act so cocky anymore now that’s he’s scared, homie.

  • MaritalArtist

    Not fair to Pettis. Diaz is a great fighter, but Pettis got dissed twice now. They should be fighting for the title shot, but DW knows Nate will sell more tickets than Pettis. Too bad, I would’ve loved to see that fight. Maybe it will be Frankie vs Nate around Christmas …. What a stand-up brawl!

  • shereko

    I want to know why if Anderson Silva drops his hands and waves guys to him, he gets threatened to be released, and everyone thinks he’s the biggest dick every, but if your last name is Diaz then everyone thinks you’re a badass

    • MikeMc1983

      Because people like to hate on the greats. Dana got pissed at silva becaused he threatened his camel jockey oil money in Abu dabi.
      The Diaz’ always act like idiots so people expect it from them.
      People expect greatness from Anderson. Not do much from a Diaz. They just expect them to “try and give a good fight.”

      Props to Nate though. The only Diaz brother that has the ability to have a real chance at gold in the UFC.
      I’m sure nick will keep nates gold clean though if he wins.
      ;)

      • RonnieV

        Ridiculous! Big difference between the Diaz brothers and Silva. Silva was only ridiculed for dropping his hands against Maia, biggest it was the most boring 25 minute title fight in MMA history. Dropping your hands, and backing up is not entertaining. Diaz brothers drop their hands while walking forward and pressing the action. That is their game, and it usually leads to both fighters throwing a barrage of punches. Whether you like Nick & Nate or not, you will never see them shy away from an opponent. They drop their hands for one reason…. to bring it on!!!

        • RubeKegal

          What the reading public may not know is that Ronnie V writes love letters to the Diaz Brothers and offers to massage buttermilk on their thighs.

  • MaritalArtist

    Now Pettis has to fight somebody…. Who? Miller? Or cowboy?

    • TandmWarElephant

      Cowboy and Pettis would be sick! if he gets passed Stephens (which is obviously gonna happen)

  • Triggerman99

    :Yawn:
    Oh hey.. whats up!
    Diaz destroyed Miller…Big surprise!
    Hey Rube, did you miss me sweetheart?
    I guess all that BS about Diaz was just that- BS!
    So what’s your stance now? He should fight Pettis?
    Please…Get a life. What if he fights and beats Pettis? He should fight Jon Jones?
    It’s never enough, is it?
    Gotta love the haters!!
    LOL

    • RubeKegal

      Hey it’s Nate’s penal massage therapist!!! How are ya bud?? Pettis made short work of Lauzon, he is more deserving.

      • rsnowbass

        The “true #1″ contender is the winner of Pettis vs Diaz. Let’s just end the ranting and raving over who better or more deserving and demand the fight of Dana, Joe and the UFC!!!

        Afterall, it’s “all for the fans” right? They’re always BSing us about putting on fights the fans want to see…

        I love that match up.

      • Triggerman99

        Lauzon? Right, that’s the frst thing I think when a fighter beats Joe Lauzon; ” Title shot!!”
        LOL You haters are hilarious. You’ll say anything to try and keep the guy down. Why don’t you spend your time commenting on stuff you actually like instead of spewing hate all over the place?

        • RonnieV

          Lauzon has never been ranked in the Top 10….. ever!

          Rube, keep trying little fella! I’m sure you can find something better than that in your Grandma’s basement.

          I’m all for a Diaz/Pettis fight, one more win to shut the haters up before the Title fight.

          • RubeKegal

            What the reading public doesn’t know is that Ronnie is on his bed typing in doggystyle pose……and yes that’s right, Nate is behind him doin the damage.

        • RubeKegal

          LOL you might not remember this but Kenny Florian fought Joe Lauzon in a #1 contenders match which Florian won.

          Let me tell you something, when Anthony Pettis KO’d Joe Lauzon, the first thing I thought was “TITLE SHOT!!” LOL

          Honestly I laughed my ass off after reading title shot

          • Triggerman99

            If I remeber correctly, the Florian/Lauzon fight wasn’t technically a #1 contender fight. Even if it was, who cares? That was then, this is now. That’s like saying if you beat Tito Ortiz today, you should get a title shot. I like Lauzon, but he’s nowhere near the top right now, and beating him means nothing.

          • Triggerman99

            I wouldn’t mind seeing Diaz vs Pettis, but the point is he doesn’t have to fight him. Dana promised him if he beat Miller, he would get a title shot. Diaz held up his end of the bargain, and Dana is holding up his end. Nobody promised Pettis a shot for beating Lauzon. Frankly, that would’ve been ridiculous if that was the case.

  • TandmWarElephant

    I honestly would like to see Diaz vs Pettis that seems to make more sense than either one of them getting the title shot.. Pettis beat Lauzon and Stephens… WHO HASN’T? yea the Lauzon finish was SICK but those are not wins that put you into title contention… ESPECIALLY when you lost to guida.. lol We can all agree that Edgar is a better fighter than Guida so if pettis lost to the best guida there’s ever been what would Edgar have done to Pettis? I’m not hating on the guy but his only notable wins are Bendo and Castillo both in the WEC now if Jim Miller was on a 7 fight win streak and STILL didn’t get a title shot why should Pettis? if Pettis hadn’t lost to Guida things would’ve have been different but he lost that puts you down the ladder… now at the same time Diaz is only on a 3 fight win streak so pretty much in the same boat as Pettis, but theres no way anyone can say that wins over Gomi, Cerrone, and Miller,= wins over Lauzon and Stephens.. it just doesn’t make sense. I think the best thing is Pettis and Diaz but since Diaz is waiting I think Pettis should fight winner of Maynard and Guida can’t really see another match that makes sense as far as the current situation. Also Pettis is 2-1 in the UFC, Jon Jones had to go 7-1 to get the title shot and he DESTROYED every opponent to get there, Pettis BARELY beat a mediocre fighter then had a great ko of another mediocre fighter.. so honestly.. Pettis great fighter a lot of potential but not in contender status

    • RubeKegal

      Tandem, Miller SHOULD have gotten a title shot previously….certain parts of UFC make no sense, like Anderson Silva getting title shot after winning 1 fight against the great Chris Leben and Miller NOT getting a shot after 7 straight wins, but that doesn’t mean Pettis is not deserving.

      • TandmWarElephant

        I wasn’t saying that Pettis isn’t deserving because of his ufc record i only brought it up in comparison to Miller and Jones to prove a point, honestly Pettis hasn’t beaten guys that get you to a title fight thats all I’m saying.. People keep bringing up WEC but its like Roy Nelson and Ben Rothwell they were both tearing up the ifc or whatever league they were in and no one was screaming TITLE FIGHT! lol I am a fan of pet tis like his style a lot but in this situation he just doesn’t deserve a shot even if he was supposed to have had the title shot right from the get go, if it was at the time I would have agreed but he has lost to guida in his, what was supposed to be title shot, fight so he obviously wouldn’t have been a threat to edgar who has better wrestling than guida.. then he beats to NON-top ten fighters, so may i ask what it is that makes him deserving?

        • RubeKegal

          15-2 or 16-7. Pettis vs. Diaz records

  • phrankthetank

    Pettis has not earned a title shot, plain and simple. He lost to guida, he laid on stephens, and he koed Lauzon. Nate diaz just destroyed Cerrone and miller back to back. That’s a serious accomplishment. Pettis needs at LEAST one more solid win before he’s in contention. Anyone who frequents this site knows I’m not a Diaz fan, but I have to admit he’s earned his shot and if he keeps doing what he’s doing he could win that belt.

    • Triggerman99

      Very true. Pettis did beat Bendo once in the WEC, but since then, his resume is mediocre. Diaz is on a tear right now and deserves it. On top of that, the stip going into this fight was win and you get the shot. He won-emphatically- and he should get his shot. He did what he was supposed to do.
      It’s good to see someone look at this objectively and not try to employ hatred to make their point.

      • RubeKegal

        Ridiculous….Nate is 2-3 in last 5

        How about fact that Pettis KO’d Danny Castillo who is 4-1 in UFC including big win over Joe Daddy?

        • TandmWarElephant

          I love Joe and have met him many times (he lives near me) but come on who hasn’t beaten Joe… lol

        • phrankthetank

          No, he is not 2-3 he’s 3-2. And that includes 3 wins in a row at lightweight against top competition. Pettis koed Castillo? Really? That’s your argument? Pettis screwed up by fighting guida instead of waiting for his shot. Now he’s gotta work his way back up.

          • RubeKegal

            sorry 3-2, still not doing much for me. I think for Nate to get a title shot, he should have to beat Pettis, the true #1 contender.

    • RubeKegal

      Yeah you are clearly wrong.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000777980075 paulyjozseffrd

        Hi RubeKegal! I personally think you’re 100%right.The Diaz Brothers called St’Pierre a “pussy”and a”faker”coz he had to have ACL surgery and couldn’t fight Carlos.They were keep saying that they want to fight and fight the best and they don’t give a shit about titles and blah,blah,blah.Well it was all just big words and plain bullshit LMAO.Noow Diaz going to sit out and it could be as long as 8-9 months,when he could fight”Showtime”Pettis and prove he’s the #1 contender!!!He could also have a rematch with Cerrone or Maynard.Or if he wanna keep his title shot go back up to 170 and rematch Rory MacDonald who embarrassed the shit out of him!!!But anyway don’t worry about all the Diaz penis smoker fan boys you cannot tell’em anything.They are like the Muslim extremists they warship their”God”till they die.So don’t even try to prove them the’re wrong coz the’ll never admit to it.The rest of us know you’re right so don’t worry Cheers take care my friend!!!

    • TandmWarElephant

      THANK YOU ha People seem to be sticking to the fact that Pettis was supposed to have a title shot and basically thats the ONLY reason why he should have one.. because Guida Stephens and Lauzon were ALL out of the top ten she they fought Pettis so how does one get a title fight from beating mid-level guys? But then again these are the same people that think Hunt deserves a shot at the title rather than Mir… I feel as though People are starting to buy into the drama of the UFC rather than looking at the fighters skills and records

  • Guy In The Know

    Nate Diaz should never lose a 5 round fight. Finishing Miller like that is impressive. Diaz has never been ko’d or sub’d. He’s gettin that belt.

    • RubeKegal

      Guy In the know doesnt know much. Nate Diaz got armbarred by Hermes Franca.

  • AdamBianski

    They should just fight eachother end of story. It would be a great co-mainevent. Or even headline that joke of a card that Brazil is getting. We are missing out on a good fight.

  • lycan

    Pettis getting spanked by guida , splitting with Jeremy Stephens and ko lauzon …. Spite of that great ko doesn’t give him a contenter shot in my opinion if anything I say the winner of guida and maynard gets nate … My opinion

    • RubeKegal

      How about the fact that he defeated the current UFC LW Champ?

    • cockrobin1

      If that is the case and diaz fights maynard who i believe will destroy guida then he really will be out of his depth…tecnically maynard is by far the better all round fighter diaz is basically a one trick pony

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000777980075 paulyjozseffrd

    LMAO The Diaz brothers calling St.Pierre a Pussy coz he had surgery after he messed up his ACL,and didn’t fight Condit,but now Nate sits out for as long as 10 months when he could fight Pettis,Maynard or a rematch with Cerrone or if he don’t wanna lose his title shot he could go up 170 maybe a rematch with Rory MacDonald,coz Rory really embarrassed him at UFC 129.I mean waiting is the smart thing to do except when the Diaz bros.call others name and saying that they just wanna fight the best and shit now it looks like Nate is taking the safe way.I hope Pettis comes out after his next win and calls him on:”Where you at Nate?Where you at ****** ******?”Ha ha ha