Nate Diaz Explains His ‘Kill or Be Killed’ Thoughts On Fighting

Nate Diaz has explained to the media the inner struggle that comes with being a natural born fighter this week ahead of his UFC 244 headlining showdown with Jorge Masvidal in NYC.

“I’ll never have to fight again (after UFC 244),” Diaz said. “I didn’t have to fight a long time ago. But what am I going to do? I’ve got all kinds of other stuff going on, but … I don’t like not fighting.

“I’ll take forever off, or I’ll get back to it if anybody comes correct. The only reason we’ve had problems in the past is because you better treat me like it’s supposed to be. I’ve been in this game forever doing my thing regardless of outcome. I’m coming back my next fight stronger, better anyways.

“I think (fighting) is the best thing for me/ It’s weird because it’s self-destructive fighting, and it’s self-destructive not fighting. Kill or be killed. Like I said before, it’d kill him with it, it’d kill him without it. I don’t want to do this (expletive) at all, but sitting back watching somebody else do it is not comfortable for me.”

Earlier this week Diaz also showed respect to his old rival Conor McGregor, saying that he is another ‘real’ fighter, and so it could well be that a trilogy fight between them could be on his mind next if he can get past Masvidal.

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