Nate Diaz has not fought since UFC 202 when he lost to Conor McGregor by majority decision. It was an extremely close fight that happened more than three years ago, and since then the Stockton native has been waiting for a fight.
According to Diaz, there is a very good reason why he hasn’t fought since 2016.
“It was just—I felt like I won my last fight,” Diaz said to recent interview. “I’m not gonna cry over spilt milk, it’s just what it is, especially in this UFC game because I’ve lost a lot of fights that I didn’t lose and even if, let’s just say more so than I think like, I for sure didn’t lose that fight. They treated it like, ‘You lost, go down the list. Get outta here’ type of thing. When [McGregor] lost the first time to me, it was the biggest thing, and he needed his rematch and he’s obsessed with Nate and all this marketing towards how much he needs to get this back and how great he is for actually jumping in there and doing it.
“Hold up. What about all the rematches I’ve always wanted? That’s the s—t what I should have jumped in with my contract, like, ‘Hold up, if I’m gonna do this rematch, I want all my rematches that you guys never gave me.’ I should have done that, but I’ve lost a lot of good months of my life just sitting there sweating fights I’ve lost I didn’t lose. And I’m like, you guys motherf—-ing paid me way too much to be sitting here playing this stupid-ass game and doing what you guys want me to do, so I’m cool, I’m gonna step it out. Then two years flew by.”
Of course, at UFC 241, Diaz will return to take on Anthony Pettis, a guy he has wanted to fight. If he will continue to fight after that is to be seen.