Nate Diaz got here out victorious in his closing UFC combat in opposition to Tony Ferguson at UFC 279. The 37-year-old obtained the job achieved in spherical 4, coincidentally with 2:09 left on the clock.
Throughout a backstage dialog with ESPN’s Megan Olivi after the combat, Diaz admitted feeling stress from the sudden opponent change. And in response to him, it’s due to a “new mission” he’d begun to tackle at this stage of his profession.
“All of them,” mentioned Diaz when requested in regards to the challenges he confronted in opposition to Ferguson. “As a result of he’s been round and he had the benefit of not having the stress. He had the stress off of him that he didn’t should win. He wasn’t prepared for a five-round combat.
“After which I had the stress on that that is the motherf—ng… My principal aim, particularly with Khamzat, was to come back out and never get any extra cuts on my face. I’m achieved with that. I don’t need to be lower anymore, and it’s a brand new mission that I’ve by no means had earlier than previously.
“After which, they swap it to this man who’s more than likely within the UFC to chop you. I had that stress on me.”
The 2 fighters had proven nothing however respect in direction of one another via the build-up. Diaz continued to provide props to his opponent through the post-fight presser.
“He’s been round a very long time and combating lots of people, placing on plenty of good performances. Placing on plenty of f—ng loopy fights, took plenty of injury,” Diaz mentioned of Ferguson.
“He placed on sufficient wars, he can do regardless of the f—ok he desires. It’s respect, and I like anyone who may have a profession that lengthy. Particularly within the UFC with the hardest fighters on this planet, that’s the toughest job on this planet. That man must be 100 millionaire.”
Diaz (now 21-13) additionally took house a $50K bonus for Efficiency of the Night time.