The favored UFC standout Diaz (20-14 MMA, 15-12 UFC) had his anticipated last battle on his UFC contract Saturday when he submitted Tony Ferguson (25-8 MMA, 15-6 UFC) in the fourth round of the welterweight headliner at T-Cell Area, bringing his obligations with the promotion to an finish.
Within the aftermath of a chaotic week, the place his opponent switched from Khamzat Chimaev to Ferguson on simply someday’s discover as a consequence of a significant weight miss, Diaz was in a spirited temper, however didn’t wish to delve into many particulars about his future.
When requested if he’ll be again within the octagon someday, Diaz reiterated what he told Joe Rogan inside the octagon, that he feels there’s some enterprise to stick to exterior the group, however he intends to be again.
“I’ve no plans on not being again within the UFC,” Diaz informed reporters, together with MMA Junkie, on the UFC 279 post-fight information convention.
Diaz mentioned he was decided to get out of his contract even when Chimaev missed weight. He claims he acquired a major elevate for altering opponents, and finally “misplaced rely” of all the cash he walked away with.
What he does know, although, is that Ferguson was a superb opponent to exit on – for now – reasonably than Chimaev, who he trashed for his efficiency towards Kevin Holland.
“Simply respect,” Diaz mentioned. “(Ferguson has) been combating some time. Fought quite a lot of good folks, had quite a lot of good performances. Placed on quite a lot of loopy fights, taken quite a lot of injury. … It’s simply respect. It’s the hardest job on this planet. That man must be 100 millionaire.”
Diaz performed coy on what’s subsequent, however admitted he’s within the upcoming Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva boxing match on Oct. 29, which many consider may present his subsequent opponent.
“Jake Paul and Anderson Silva, get me some ringside seats,” Diaz mentioned.
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