Rarely do top contenders publicly state who they prefer to fight for the title, but in Nate Diaz’s case (Pictured), the Gracie Jiu Jitsu ties run deep. So it was hardly a surprise he favored a fight with Benson Henderson over Frankie Edgar.
However, that doesn’t mean Mr.209 believes the right man left UFC 150 with the hardware this past Saturday.
“I think that Frankie won, personally,” Diaz flatly told Inside MMA. “I think Frankie did a little more than [Ben] did. People asked me who I thought would win, I said, ‘Ben Henderson, but I’m not saying I want Frankie to lose.’
“So, it kinda almost worked out for me. Now I’m fighting Ben and I don’t have to fight Frankie.”
Edgar trains in New Jersey with Ricardo Almeida, who received his BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie. As we all know by now, Diaz reps Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu.
Speaking of Diaz’s talented squad, he believes the studs they have in their gym will make all the difference in preparing for the biggest fight of his life. Although, he couldn’t care less about competing for the belt, he just wants to take out the top lightweight in the UFC.
“I train with guys just like that – athletic guys, strong guys,” Diaz said. “It’s definitely gonna be a good, hard fight. Now it’s time to fight for a title.
“I’m gonna do what I could to win that belt because that belt gives me … I’m tryin’ to do it for my team and [expletive] the belt. I’m tryin’ to beat the number one guy in the world and that’s him right now.”
No word on when Henderson and Diaz will collide.