Contrary to previous reports, UFC lightweight Nate Diaz states that taking on Joe “Daddy” Stevenson at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale on June 20th is not a done deal … yet.
“I can’t confirm,” Diaz told 5thRound.com. “I don’t know who I’m fighting.”
It appears that the sides may have hit a bit of a roadblock in the negotiation process, as it was reported by MMAJunkie.com earlier this week that both fighters had submitted their signed bout agreements to the organization.
However, just because the deal isn’t done now, doesn’t mean that it won’t get done.
“That guy’s a tough fighter,” Diaz said of his potential opponent. “He always comes, he comes hard. He fought BJ Penn, he got beat up the whole time, but he was in there pushing it.”
As of now, the Cesar Gracie trained fighter isn’t sure who his next opponent will be, however he knows that his perfect record inside of the Octagon will remain in tact.
That’s right, Diaz claims that he has never lost a fight in the UFC, regardless of how the judges scored his UFC 94 bout against Clay Guida.
“I never lost to Clay Guida,” Diaz emphatically stated. “The judges may have decided that, but I don’t feel that I ever lost to that guy.”
Ironically, Diaz lost a close split decision that night, just after he had won an even closer decision over Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 15 prior to that.