Nate Diaz UFC 125
Since returning to the lightweight division in 2011, Nate Diaz hasn’t just been reborn. He’s become the Terminator.

A mixed bag of results happened with Diaz both at lightweight and during his brief stint at welterweight, but over his last few fights, the Stockton, Calif. native has come into his own.

Once known simply as the little brother of UFC welterweight Nick Diaz, Nate has now blazed a path of his own, and he burned a fiery trail through New Jersey on Saturday night as he put away native son Jim Miller in his most impressive performance to date.

Coming into the fight, Diaz admitted it was hard to be motivated to face Miller, who was a nice guy and a very respectful martial artist. He obviously found a way however because Diaz was at his best during his UFC on Fox 3 bout against Miller, where he dominated every aspect of the fight.

It wasn’t even the typical Diaz style fight because he wasn’t able to walk Miller down with jabs and trap him against the cage, but he did blast away at his fellow lightweight with good strikes, and showed off his power as he avoided takedowns every time they were attempted.

Miller tried as best he could to put pressure on Diaz and stay away from his length, but with every step forward Diaz made him take two steps back with punishing blows each and every time.

The second round saw Miller finally try to scramble for a takedown, but that was ultimately his undoing. Diaz was able to get an arm under Miller’s chin and secure a power guillotine choke.

Diaz, who just recently received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under trainer Cesar Gracie, showed off his grappling chops as he locked up the maneuver and no matter where Miller rolled, he wasn’t getting away.

With the choke locked up tight, Miller had no choice but to give into the submission, handing Diaz his third win in a row.

Following what has to be considered the biggest win of his career, a humble Nate Diaz didn’t talk about title shots, or who he wanted next. He touted his good friend and teammate as the true top 155lb fighter in the world.

“I’m trying to be No. 1 in this world,” said Diaz. “There’s only one person above all of us and that’s Gilbert ‘El Nino’ Melendez, the true world champion lightweight. He’s fighting in two weeks against Josh Thomson.”

Melendez, who has been a teammate of Diaz’s for several years, has continued to battle for his place as the top lightweight in the world despite not fighting in the UFC. If Diaz’s proclamation means it anything, it certainly helped boost the upcoming Strikeforce card that Melendez fights on in two weeks.

Meanwhile, Jim Miller deals with a defeat, but more specifically the first time he’s ever been finished in his 20+ career fights. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but humility has never been a problem for the hard working Miller family.

“He had my number,” said Miller. “Nate is a tough fight.”

While a guaranteed shot at the title seemed set in stone for Diaz, the problem that arises with that is the timeline in which it could conceivably happen. With champion Benson Henderson not scheduled to face former champion Frankie Edgar until September most likely, Diaz would have to sit out the majority of the rest of the year if he was going to wait for a title shot.

What’s more likely to happen is Diaz will rest and recover and then face former WEC champion Anthony Pettis later this year to determine the true No. 1 contender in the UFC lightweight division.

Follow @DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon Martin.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

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

Related News

Nate Diaz Vaping Case Cleared by Nevada, but Still an Issue | MMAWeekly.com

  • 22 days ago
  • 75 views

Nate Diaz's post-UFC 202 vaping has been cleared by the Nevada Athletic Commission, but the incident hasn't been put to rest just yet. read news >>

Nevada Athletic Commission Won't Come After Nate Diaz for Vaping | FIGHTLAND

  • 22 days ago
  • 3 views

Just when you’re beginning to think there’s no justice in this world, and no decency or beauty either, something appears from out of the clouds to give you a little hope: just a little something to g read news >>

Tim Kennedy vs. Rashad Evans Set for UFC 205 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 days ago
  • 14 views

Tim Kennedy will return to the Octagon to welcome Rashad Evans to the middleweight division at UFC 205. read news >>

Joanne Calderwood vs. Jessica Andrade Results: Winner and Reaction from UFC 203

  • 20 days ago
  • 31 views

The strawweight division was put on notice after Jessica Andrade (15-5) dispatched Jessica Penne at UFC 199, and now the upper echelon is on red alert. Andrade walked through Joanne Calderwood (11-3) read news >>

Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz to Face Disciplinary Action for Bottle Throwing | MMAWeekly.com

  • 18 days ago
  • 28 views

Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will face action from Nevada over their bottle and can throwing melee at the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference. read news >>

Dana White Says No More Conor McGregor Fights at Welterweight | MMAWeekly.com

  • 18 days ago
  • 485 views

UFC president Dana White says a trilogy fight between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz is unlikely and that McGregor needs to defend his 145-pound title. read news >>

Ronda Rousey Fought Chael Sonnen? Sonnen Tells the True Tale | MMAWeekly.com

  • 14 days ago
  • 51 views

Chael Sonnen, who is returning to the fight game in 2016 with Bellator, tells the tale of the time he and Ronda Rousey allegedly fought in a restaurant. read news >>

Johnson in the right mindset after loss to Diaz

  • 15 days ago
  • 0 views

Michael Johnson is fully resurged after recovering from his surgery and loss to Nate Diaz last year. Johnson says it will be a tough night for his main event opponent, Dustin Poirier, on Saturday. read news >>

Return of the American Gangster: Chael Sonnen Opens Up About Move to Bellator

  • 14 days ago
  • 29 views

Chael Sonnen had every intention of returning to the UFC. Until he didn’t. Whatever the reason, one of the UFC’s most controversial, entertaining and bankable figures over the past seven years found read news >>

UFC Fight Night 94 Results: Winners, Scorecards for Poirier vs. Johnson Card

  • 13 days ago
  • 4 views

The UFC lightweight division has a new title contender in Michael Johnson. It didn't take long for Johnson to show the world he means business in this division, knocking out Poirier after 95 seconds. read news >>