May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Nate Diaz (right) celebrates after beating Jim Miller during their lightweight bout during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Nate Diaz wins by submission in round two Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
Nate Diaz was granted a UFC lightweight title fight by Dana White a while ago and now he knows who he'll be facing - Ben Henderson. Diaz isn't the kind of guy that would ever turn down a fight, but the possibility of fighting Frankie Edgar was a bit of an issue because they consider each other pseudo-teammates (Diaz works with Cesar Gracie, Edgar with Renzo Gracie). Nate did an interview with Ron Kruck of Inside MMA that aired last night where he shared his thoughts on Edgar vs. Bendo:
I think that Frankie won, personally. I think that Frankie did a little more than he did. People asked me who I thought was gonna win, I said 'I'd rather fight Ben Henderson, but I'm not saying I want Frankie to lose.' It kinda almost worked out for me, now I'm fighting Ben and I don't have to fight Frankie.
He then went on to give his assessment of a bout with Henderson, and delivered the final line in true Diaz fashion:
"I train with guys just like that. Athletic guys, strong guys. It's definitely gonna be a good, hard fight. It's time to fight for a title. I'm gonna do what I could to win that belt because that belt gives me...I'm trying to do it for my team and f**k the belt, I'm tryin' to beat the number one guy in the world and that's him right now."
You can check out the whole video below, which includes an audio clip of Henderson talking about the matchup with Diaz as well. That fight is going to be awesome.