Nate Diaz could have misplaced the combat in opposition to Leon Edwards, however he gained the evening at UFC 263 with one other sometimes dogged and decided efficiency.
The MMA legend was being dominated by ‘Rocky’ in Arizona on Saturday evening, till a depraved ‘Stockton Slap’ and a left hand rocked the Brit.
With only one minute of the combat remaining, Diaz poured the strain on his drained and harm opponent, however didn’t get the end he desperately wanted.
Though he misplaced a unanimous resolution, the 36-year-old lived as much as his legendary standing, lighting up a joint on the post-fight press convention after which inviting everybody to an after occasion at his home.
UFC President Dana White admitted he didn’t know what was subsequent for the American, however vowed to appease followers by placing him in one other important occasion combat.
“His leg was carried out within the first spherical, he went 5 rounds taking leg kicks, bleeding out of either side of his head,” White informed reporters at post-fight press convention at UFC 263.
“One was squirting this fashion, a method squirting this fashion. He was nonetheless doing what the Diaz brothers do.
“He was working the entire combat to get into his head and attempt to make him make a mistake, after which he ultimately caught him within the fifth spherical. He’s unbelievable.
“He’s going to be asking us for a six-round combat subsequent time.”
For Edwards, he reaffirmed his need to face welterweight world champion Kamaru Usman subsequent in a rematch of their 2015 conflict.
Nevertheless, he had nothing however respect for Diaz after being rocked to his core within the last moments of the battle.
He mentioned: “Like I mentioned, it was a wild minute… To be dominant in a combat after which get caught with a shot out of the blue, I used to be like, ‘what the?’
“There was one minute left, I used to be up 4 rounds however Nate is a legend, he’s been round within the sport for a very long time and he is aware of methods to experience his photographs, he is aware of methods to keep in there and truthful play to him.
“I sort of put myself in there mentally. I’ve been watching Nate… I’ve seen the stats right now on Instagram. Once I was at my professional debut, he was headlining a UFC occasion. I’ve watched Nate Diaz for a very long time so I do know precisely what he does.
“I simply thought he was making an attempt to speak s***. I went to my nook and my nook simply informed me to remain composed, don’t play into his sport, simply do your factor and that’s what I did. I stayed composed.
“I respect his sport, I respect him for this combat. I knew he was a legend from quite a lot of how he dealt with himself, he’s at all times the identical, and that’s what I like about him.
“It was alright. I give it a 7 out of 10. I may have picked extra palms, let extra palms go, choose extra physique photographs with my palms… Like I mentioned, stay and study, I can’t imagine I caught that shot within the final spherical, however it’s important to keep switched off the entire combat, can’t get lazy, and truthful play to him.”