Nate Diaz Lands Lightweight Title Shot, Will Face Winner Of Henderson-Edgar II
“He’s going to wait for the title shot,” said UFC President Dana White of Diaz's future title shot. “I said if he won if he wanted to fight Pettis, he could fight Pettis. If he wanted to wait, he could wait. He’s going to wait.”
Diaz notched his third-straight victory in the headliner of Saturday's UFC on FOX 3 event from New Jersey's IZOD Center, becoming the first fighter in 23 fights to finish Miller. Prior to the win, the 27-year-old bested the likes of Takanori Gomi and Donald Cerrone, seemingly increasing in dominance with each performance.
Early rumors hinted that Diaz would go on to face former WEC champ Anthony Pettis in a number one contender's bout, however, The Ultimate Fighter Season 5 winner will patiently wait his turn to compete for lightweight gold.
“I’m down for whatever, whatever they say, but that sounded great to me,” Diaz said of waiting for a title shot.
In the meantime, 155-pound champion Ben Henderson is expected to meet ex-titleholder Frankie Edgar this August in a rematch from their February clash in which the former first captured the division's crown.