UFC lightweight contender Nate Diaz is set to have his trilogy fight against Gray Maynard on Saturday night in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale, and he has his eyes set on an impressive victory and another title shot.
Diaz fought for the title when Benson Henderson was the champion, but he was unable to earn the strap. However, he is much more confident that he will be able to become a UFC champion this time around.
After Maynard, Diaz hopes for fights with Josh Thomson and Anthony Pettis so he can prove he is undoubtedly the best.
“This is survival of the fittest,” Diaz recently said during an UFC interview.
“I beat [Maynard], I’m going to hunt down Pettis and Thomson’s ass and take them out. I’ll be back fighting for a title real quick.”
Diaz first faced Maynard in an exhibition bout on season 5 of The Ultimate Fighter, choking him into submission with a guillotine choke. The two faced one another again 2010 and Maynard won a close decision that Diaz still disputes.
“I’m going to beat Gray Maynard. It’s the third time fighting him. Finish it off and seal the deal. I won the first one. I think I won the second fight, too. You can ask him how he won the fight. I’ll bet you he don’t got too good of an answer,” the Stockton, CA native says.
Diaz had a rough time against Henderson because of the former champ’s wrestling ability, but he does match up better against Thomson and Pettis.
For the fans that like exciting stand up wars, they should be hoping that Diaz is able to walk away from Saturday’s event with the win and set up a match up with some of the most talented strikers in the UFC’s lightweight division.