On September 17th “The Ultimate Fighter” season five winner Nathan Diaz will face his toughest opponent in Josh Neer. The fight will be the main event on a card that also boasts a fight between season six winner, Mac Danzig, and Clay Guida. “It’s great that this fight will be the main event. It’s good to get the exposure. I don’t want to let my team down so my thing is to go out and get it done,” Diaz recently told GracieFighter.
Sometimes the limelight is too much for certain fighters, but Diaz is ready to go out and get the job done. When we last spoke with Diaz, he admitted that it was the hard work that he put into training that helped him defeat Kurt Pelligrino at UFC Fight Night 13.
Not much has changed according to Diaz as he states, “I’m training my ass off for this fight, so he’d better be training harder if he wants to beat me.”
Neer on the other hand is coming off of three straight victories, including one that was also on UFC Fight Night 13 against veteran Din Thomas. He also holds Octagon victories over Joe “Daddy” Stevenson and Melvin Guillard, who also happen to be TUF fighters. Stevenson was the season two champion.
Maybe there’s something about the Diaz family that will carry Nathan through the fight, as his brother Nick submitted Neer back at UFC 62.
We’re going to find out in a couple of days.