Rising UFC lightweight star Nate Diaz does not expect to fight again for the organization this year. Diaz was originally slated to take on Clay Guida at either of the UFC’s two December events on Spike TV, however due to a foot injury sustained by Guida during training, that will no longer be possible. Instead of pitting “The Ulitmate Fighter Season 5” champion against a lesser opponent, the UFC will most likely save Diaz for one of the division’s elite in early 2009.
Graciefighter.com, the official website run by Diaz’s trainer and manager, Cesar Gracie, stated that because the UFC will be holding four events in the next two months, most of the other UFC lightweights will already be competing.
“With every viable UFC contender having already been paired for fights in the next couple of months, it became clear that Diaz would not have an opponent ready for the rest of 2008,” stated the website. “Nothing has been signed as of yet. However, we are hoping to see Nathan fight early in 2009 possibly on the same card as [Georges St. Pierre] vs. (B.J.) Penn in Las Vegas.”
Diaz hold a 10-2 professional record, however is a perfect 5-0 inside the Octagon. All of Diaz’s bouts for the organization have been on a free Spike TV event, however Diaz is looking forward to fighting on Pay-Per-View events with the big boys this coming year.
UFC 94 will be taking place Super Bowl weekend at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.