Nate Diaz won his first UFC fight in three years when he faced Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 last night, and he already has his eyes on his next opponent inside the Octagon, Jorge Masvidal.
Diaz defeated Pettis via unanimous decision after five rounds at UFC 241 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Despite the unanimous decision, the Stockton fighter was dominant throughout, earning judges scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for his performance.
This was his first win since March 2016 at UFC 196 when he choked out Conor McGregor in the first of two fights between the pair.
During his post-fight interview with UFC commentator Joe Rogan, the Stockton fighter wasted no time calling out the man he wants to face inside the Octagon next.
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He said: “The reason I was off is cause everybody sucked and there was nobody to fight. With this belt, I want to defend it against Jorge Masvidal, he had a good last fight.
“All respect to the man but there ain’t no gangsters in his game anymore. I know my man’s a gangster but he ain’t no west coast gangster.”
Masvidal was in attendance at UFC 241 and was seen smiling from ear to ear when Diaz mentioned his name, so it looks like he’s up for the fight as well. Get the fight booked Dana White!
Diaz is now 20-11 in his MMA career, with a record of 15-9 in UFC. Pettis meanwhile, slips to a 22-9 MMA record following the loss, and a 9-8 record in UFC.
Diaz’ possible next opponent, Masvidal, is coming off the fastest knockout in UFC history after he defeated the previously undefeated Ben Askren at UFC 239 last month via flying knee. He would be a real challenge for Diaz.
If not Masvidal, the next logical fight for the 34-year-old would have to be completing the trilogy of fights between himself and McGregor, which currently stands at one apiece.