Nate Diaz has been in the UFC's lightweight top five since official rankings began, and fought but lost a UFC title fight against Benson Henderson. Heading into Saturday's showdown with Gray Maynard, Diaz still has another title run in his mind:
"This is survival of the fittest," Diaz recently said during an UFC interview.
"I beat [Maynard], I'm going to hunt down Pettis and Thomson's ass and take them out. I'll be back fighting for a title real quick."
Diaz first faced Maynard in an exhibition bout on season 5 of The Ultimate Fighter, choking him into submission with a guillotine choke. The two faced one another again 2010 and Maynard won a close decision that Diaz still disputes.
"I'm going to beat Gray Maynard. It's the third time fighting him. Finish it off and seal the deal. I won the first one. I think I won the second fight, too. You can ask him how he won the fight. I'll bet you he don't got too good of an answer," the Stockton, CA native says.