by Tom Hamlin – MMAWeekly.com
After a hard fought victory
over Josh Neer at Wednesday’s UFC Fight Night 15 in
Omaha, Neb., Nate Diaz had reason to be spent. By his own admission, he had met
a lot more resistance than expected against the Miletich-trained
he ain’t no black belt in jiu-jitsu like the other guys I’ve been fighting,
this dude can fight,” he told Joe Rogan. “All these other jiu-jitsu guys and
(expletive), wrestlers, y’all need to learn how to box, man. Get in here and
fight us. This dude’s down.”
Post-fight questions about
his place in the lightweight division weren’t of much interest, though. Asked
where he felt the win placed him in the UFC, he quipped “I don’t know, with a
win over Josh Neer? That’s about it.”
With fellow lightweight Clay
Guida sitting beside him at the press conference, the two seemed a natural fit
for a future fight. But Diaz was
noncommittal about that as well.
“Yeah, maybe in the future,”
he said. “Him or whatever they got. Whatever they want to do.”
An argument broke out in the
background. Diaz’s brother, Nick, was locking horns with officials. Nate’s eyes
darted over to the situation.
“I’m just gonna keep training my ass off and keep fighting
whoever they give me,” he continued. “Work harder every time. Not like I could
work any harder than I did, but I’m just going to keep on doing what I’m doing.”
The volume of the spat
increased as Nate tried to split focus.
Then, as quickly as he’d sat
down, The Ultimate Fighter Season 5 winner bolted from his seat, following his
“I’m out, man,” he said with
Guida looked on in Diaz’s
“Big surprise, huh?” he said.