Nate Diaz Wants UFC 306 Fight But Daniel Cormier Hopes He Won’t Headline It

Nate Diaz and Dana White

Nate Diaz recently signalled his interest in fighting at the UFC 306 fight at the Sphere in Las Vegas to celebrate Mexican Independence Day on September 14th, but UFC color commentator Daniel Cormier appears to be less than enthusiastic about the idea of the star headlining that card.

“I like Nate Diaz, but I believe now it is the time for us to be honest with ourselves so that Nate can start to be honest with himself,” Cormier said on his YouTube channel. “There are only a couple of people that he can headline a pay-per-view with right now, just because of where he is in his career. I think that’s Conor McGregor if they do the trilogy and possibly Jorge Masvidal. But we also have to be honest to ourselves in this regard: We are keeping these dudes, Masvidal and Diaz, relevant.

“Because when they say things everybody jumps on it, like I am doing right now myself. But does that pay-per-view, Noche UFC, look better to you with Nate as the main event? While the name value is exciting, Nate Diaz the fighter isn’t that guy anymore. … This isn’t the guy that beat Conor the first time. Nate has had moments. Against Leon Edwards, he had a moment. But outside of that, he got beat on the whole time. Last time he won a fight was against Tony Ferguson, and we know who Tony Ferguson is today.”

DC went on to stress that he doesn’t mind the idea of Diaz being on the card so much as the possibility that he might be topping the bill on what’s set to be one of the biggest events of the year.

“Will I watch him on the pay-per-view card? Absolutely,” Cormier said. “… But to be the headliner, with all these great fighters that are deserving of that spot? I don’t think so. I don’t need to see that.”

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