Nate Diaz has had issues with UFC officials in the past over his contract, proposed fights and other items.
Now, coming off the biggest win of his career – and moving toward another mega-fight with Conor McGregor – Diaz is looking for some love.
And he’s not finding it from anyone with the UFC.
Diaz, who will rematch with McGregor on July 9 at UFC 200, told ESPN recently that he thinks the promotion is out to get him through “Notorious.”
“I swear to God, the UFC thinks it was an accident or something (that he beat McGregor),” Diaz said. “They think it was an accident, and now they’re saying, ‘Let’s get Nate back in there and take him out before he gets any bigger.’ I don’t think so. I’ve fought everyone in the UFC, and they better give me some (expletive) compliments if I win this fight.”
McGregor is the UFC featherweight champion, but just like the first encounter with Diaz, this one will go down at 170 pounds again. Diaz believes the Irish fighter knows he can’t change the rules if he really wants to avenge the loss.
“He knows that if he goes in and changes circumstances, then that’s weak,” Diaz said. “It’s not cool to go in and make your own set of rules because you lost on another set. If you’re going to avenge your loss, you’ve gotta go out and avenge it for real. It’s like a guy saying, ‘Let’s fight again, but no takedowns.’ That’s weak, and he knows that.”
The World Series of Fighting grabs the spotlight this weekend with WSOF 30.
Set from the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, the main card airs live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 11 p.m. ET.
In the main event, David Branch defends his middleweight – he is also the light heavyweight champion – belt against top contender Clifford Starks. The co-main features Jon Fitch vs. Joao Zeferino for the vacant welterweight title.
Below is the current lineup, along with a video preview:
MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network/11:30 p.m. ET)
WSOF Middleweight Championship
David Branch (c) vs. Clifford Starks
Vacant WSOF Welterweight Championship
Jon Fitch vs. Joao Zeferino
Light Heavyweight: Vinny Magalhaes vs. Jake Heun
Middleweight: Abu Azaitar vs. Danny Davis, Jr.
PRELIMINARY CARD (WSOF.com/8 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Matt Frincu