Nate Diaz may have defeated Conor McGregor at UFC 196 on short notice, but he feels he's still not getting the respect that he deserves from fans and critics alike. He recently went on ESPN for an interview and discussed a few things.
1. He talked about the response to his victory over Conor
2. He talked about who he wants to fight next
3. He talked about where his head is at right now after knocking off the loudest talker in MMA
Here's a link to the video.
He told ESPN the following,
"I feel like, honest, I feel like the UFC wants to weed me the f--- out of this position. I don't know if I'm supposed to say that. Sorry. I feel like a lot of people are coming at me now. I see them making a lot of excuses for him, and I think it's kind of ridiculous. I don't think it's just the UFC. It's everybody. People are saying, 'Oh, [McGregor] is great, he's accepted the loss so well.' If I would have lost, people would be saying, 'piece of s--- shouldn't have accepted the fight.' I don't mean to be bitter, but there are a lot of excuses being made for this guy. He's talking about winning the first round. There are five rounds in a fight. Who gives a s--- if you won a round? You lost."
You would think that, after defeating the Irishman Conor McGregor, he would have a similar level of fame and endorsements. The love hasn't been flying in for him, though.
"I made a good amount of money. I think they're overexaggerating how much -- I don't feel like anybody did me any favors, I'll tell you that much -- but I made a good chunk of change and I'm grateful. I've been demanding that. I was screwed for a long time. My problem was I was a soldier for a long time. I never even considered money, it was more about not getting my ass whooped. Once I thought about it for two minutes, I realized I was getting f---ed. It was stupid not to pay attention to that the whole time. If I had been thinking business since I was 21, I'd be a rich man right now."
Diaz is in a good position to get a big fight... and soon.
"I'm thinking probably the lightweight title fight, whatever is biggest. The biggest thing with Lawler and GSP -- I would have been all about those fights and I am, but at the same time, my brother [Nick] is coming back and those are his fights. Those are Nick Diaz fights. I'm not trying to step on his shoes. We'll see how things play out. As far as rematches go, I lost close decisions and never got a rematch. I'm not asking for anything. I'm demanding more than everybody. I want more than everybody, straight up. Money talks. I want the biggest fight. Whoever I've got to fight -- the biggest show, biggest payday -- that's what I want."
What do you think?
Does Nate Diaz deserve to be one of the main faces in the UFC?