Nate Diaz has made it known that he’s not overly excited by the idea of welterweight champion Kamaru Usman getting a rematch against Colby Covington for his next title fight.
“Who dis guy fighting next?” Diaz questioned alongside a photo of Usman. “Someone he already koed 🤦🏻♂️”
Diaz isn’t really in a position to be angling for a title shot at the moment after picking up three losses in his last four Octagon outings, but despite losing to Leon Edwards by decision last time out, the fact that he had his opponent’s lengthy winning streak in jeopardy in the final round due to strikes has helped keep his stock high.
That, together with the fact that Diaz is still a fan favorite who can draw a crowd, means that Usman is actually willing to entertain the idea of them fighting.
“I see you 209,” Usman replied. “If you really want this 187 then call your boy Hunter (Campbell).”
However, Diaz knows the match-up is highly unlikely to happen for the time being.
“Ur locked down you do what ur told to do like a good champion,” Diaz responded.
Usman wasn’t too impressed by that comeback though and suggested Diaz was just all talk.
“Key word “CHAMPION” lol,” Usman wrote. “All you guys just internet tough guys nowadays. Like I said if you really want this pressure then holla at your boy hunter.”
And on this occasion Diaz actually showed some restraint and gave the champ his dues, while still making it clear he’s not a fan of the rematch.
“Your doing great champ I wasn’t trying to disrespect,” Diaz wrote. “Have a good fight with one of those poor guys you beat up.”
It’s a curious match-up to criticize as Usman vs. Covington is shaping up to be one of the biggest rematches in recent times based upon how exciting and competitive their previous battle was.
However, Diaz interjecting himself into the storyline helps keep him in the picture, and let’s not forget that while his big call-out of Conor McGregor a few years ago didn’t initially bear fruit, just months later he was the man the UFC called when the Irish superstar was in need of a short-notice opponent – which would be the catalyst for the Stockton native to make millions of dollars.