Nate Diaz made his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship in resounding fashion on Saturday night, and the veteran trash talker was quick to dismiss one of the biggest stars to crop up during his long absence.
Returning to the Octagon after three years, Nate Diaz looked like he’d never left, shaking off any expected ring rust to dominate former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in the co-main event at UFC 241. Diaz put on a striking clinic against the favored Pettis over the three rounds, then proceeded to call out welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal, who was present in the crowd.
At the post-fight press conference, the Stockton, California native was asked if he was interested in fighting Masvidal’s friend and teammate, Colby Covington. Covington was present at UFC 241 as well and had doing his best to get under the skin of fans and fighters alike, popping up on camera with his patented red cap and interim belt draped over his shoulder.
Diaz brushed off any suggestion of fighting “Chaos” in his next fight, going so far as to claim he didn’t know who Covington was.
“Who’s it? What weight?” Diaz said. “I don’t know who that is, so like if we’ve got somebody good to fight.
“If you’ve been here for two weeks and get a little hype show, I don’t give a s---.”
Diaz has been critical of the UFC in his nearly three-year hiatus from competing claiming the promotion ignored him after his loss in his rematch against Conor McGregor back in 2016.