appears to have solidified his position as No. 1 contender
to the UFC lightweight title.
UFC President Dana White announced Saturday following UFC
on Fox 3 that Diaz (Pictured, file photo) will next face the
winner of the Benson
Edgar championship rematch expected to take place in August or
September. White broke the news after Diaz’s masterful headlining
performance against Jim Miller at
the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J.
The first moments of the main event were competitive, as Miller
landed leg kicks and closed the distance, attacking with elbows and
knees from the clinch. Diaz was unfazed by the New Jersey native’s
early offense and began to find a home for his jab as the round
wore on, eventually attacking with a sharp one-two which briefly
dropped Miller to the canvas.
“I never know how the fight is going to go. I just train hard and
try to prepare for everything. I expect the worst,” Diaz told Fox
Sports after the bout. “I put the work in, man. I’ve got the best
team in the world, so I just went out there and fought how I
The highly regarded Miller managed little offense in the second
frame, as Diaz kept the hometown favorite on the end of his massive
reach. When Miller was able to close the distance, Diaz attacked
effectively from the clinch.
“Nate controlled the fight from bell to bell,” Miller said at the
post-fight press conference. “He controlled the momentum and never
let me get any significant shots in there. He fought a beautiful
fight and had my number.”
As Miller shot for a takedown in the bout’s final sequence, Diaz
quickly secured his opponent’s neck and locked up a one-handed
guillotine choke. The Cesar
Gracie pupil managed to adjust his grip, roll the AMA Fight
Club representative onto his back and force Miller to submit for
the first time in his career.
“He kind of grabbed on me a little bit, and I just got [the
guillotine] in there. [How I did it] is top secret,” said Diaz.
“He’s tough, and it was [scheduled for] five rounds. It was going
to be him or me, so I’m glad it went the way it did. I guess I got
lucky. I guess it was my time to shine.”
As for his impending title shot, Diaz is eager to take some time
off and then challenge for the gold.
“I would like to get Ben Henderson. Let’s speed up the process a
little bit and make that title fight happen.” said Diaz. “I don’t
care what happens to me, man. I just need a break. I want to sit
down for a minute. I’ll be back training tomorrow, and I’ll be
ready to fight next week. But when the fight [is over], after I
trained for three months, I’m f---ing burned out. I’ve been going
hard for the last seven years.
“I think I [might] slow things down right now and kind of take a
little break. I’m not saying I’m going to wait out some long,
drawn-out s---; I’ll fight anybody, whenever. But maybe I need a
little sit-back session right now. I’m going to talk to my people
and let them talk about it. I’m just going to wait it out and see
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