Nate Diaz 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 Henderson-Frankie 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 trained.”

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 what happens.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Dana White congratulates Ronda Rousey for making UFC 190 'No. 1 PPV of 2015'

  • 25 days ago
  • 182 views

The UFC president tweeted his women's champion for multiple accomplishments this year, including the best pay-per-view of 2015. One week ago at UFC 190, Ronda Rousey demolished another challenger in read news >>

MMAjunkie's 'Fight of the Month' for July is Dana White's 'Fight of the Ever'

  • 26 days ago
  • 6 views

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie takes a look at the best fights from July. Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Fight read news >>

‘Minotauro’ Nogueira not ready to commit to retirement yet

  • 27 days ago
  • 15 views

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Dana White had a quick chat after UFC 190, and it sounded like the heavyweight legend would call it quits following the unanimous decision loss to Stefan Struve. However, read news >>

When Dana White called, Geane Herrera made sure the boss got his name right

  • 27 days ago
  • 12 views

It’s a subtle difference, and one that’s not even necessarily noticeable when just looking at his name on paper, but when Geane Herrera received a call from UFC President Dana White, he made sure the read news >>

'Third time won't be different': Ronda Rousey opens as 11-1 favorite vs. Miesha Tate

  • 28 days ago
  • 7 views

It appears the long odds against Ronda Rousey’s opponents will continue – something the MMA world probably should get used to.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Khabib Nurmagomedov seemed to predict WSOF 22 brawl with 'bullsh-t guy' Nate Diaz

  • 28 days ago
  • 157 views

A wild cageside brawl marred this past weekend’s WSOF 22 event. One of its participants, Khabib Nurmagomedov, seemed to predict it could happen.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos, WSOF read news >>

Rousimar Palhares stripped of welterweight title, suspended indefinitley after WSOF 22 controversy

  • 28 days ago
  • 23 views

This one appears to have been the straw that broke the camel's back. Rousimar Palhares continued his winning ways last Saturday night (Aug. 1, 2015), submitting Jake Shields in the third round to ret read news >>

Carl's Jr. taps UFC champ Ronda Rousey for raunchy burger commercials

  • 29 days ago
  • 40 views

It appears Carl’s Jr. will be going a different direction with its raunchy burger commercials.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Hey, Michael Bisping: Here's the latest UFC middleweight calling you out

  • 29 days ago
  • 26 views

Vitor Miranda appears to have found a home in the UFC’s middleweight division, and now he has his sights set on some bigger names at 185 pounds.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Morning Report: Khabib Nurmagomedov calls out 'running' Nate Diaz after brawl

  • 29 days ago
  • 27 views

As you may have heard, Khabib Nurmagomedov and his entourage of fellow Dagastani fighters got into a bit of a tiff with The Skrap Pack this weekend. After cornering his brother at WSOF 22 at Planet H read news >>