As soon as Nate Diaz came in way over weight for his UFC on FOX 13 scrap with Rafael dos Anjos, many folks knew that the lightweight’s climb up victory mountain, was longer than originally thought.
If you saw last night’s fight, then you know that Rafael dos Anjos put a beating on Diaz and then some. Sure, Diaz made it to the final bell, and deserves a lot of credit for doing so, but dos Anjos terrorized his legs with kicks and punished him with ground-and-pound strikes.
After the one sided fight, which saw dos Anjos receive 30-26, 30-26, 30-27 scores from the judges, Diaz relayed the following (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I came here to fight and to win,” Diaz said. “I ran into some issues in camp, and I wish I could’ve fought and won. I know what I can do. I had to come and get paid. I had some issues and was injured. I was not in the best type of shape I could be in. I’m here to fight, always. I’m here, you see me. I’m not like other guys pulling out of fights with injuries. Regardless, I’m going to be here, and show up and show what I can do. I just wish I could’ve been in better shape and had better sparring. Next time. I’ll be here next time. I want to get the job and make it look right.”
Yes, it certainly wasn’t the type of performance Diaz and his fans were hoping for, especially since it marked the first time he’s fought since last November when he took out Gray Maynard.
The clear cut loss also took place after a week where Diaz blasted the UFC for signing CM Punk, criticized the uniform deal, and made it clear he’s still not happy with how much he gets paid. So, what did UFC boss man Dana White think of the bout?
While speaking to FOX Sports Live, here is what White had to say about Diaz (quote via FOX Sports press release):
“There’s a laundry list of issues with Diaz. But I’ll say this, he’s tough to knock out. Dos Anjos should have been arrested for attempted murder there. Diaz needs to get his head together or retire. But we’re in business with him right now still.”
Now it will be interesting to see who Diaz faces next, and whether or not, the UFC has issues booking him a bout. Will he be content to fight a lower ranked fighter? If that’s the direction the UFC goes?
It looks like dos Anjos, meanwhile, is next in line for a title shot, if Khabib Nurmagomedov is not ready to go.
UFC on FOX 13 was hosted by the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona.