Diaz made headlines last week when he spoke on his aspirations to face current champ Usman in a return to the octagon. Diaz plans on returning to the octagon later this year, when asked by TMZ who his preferred opponent would be, Diaz responded with ”If I’m gonna fight, I want to fight for a title.”
Diaz added, “That’s the thing and they want to say if I want to fight a bunch of guys and stuff like that, but I’m like, you know what, it’s a bigger fight if you just skip all the mess.” Diaz was then asked if he had a message for current champ Kamaru Usman, Diaz obliged by saying “I’d love it if they gave me a shot. I think I can beat you.”
John McCarthy Weighs In on Kamaru Usman vs Nick Diaz
“Big” John McCarthy gave his thoughts on the news on his “Weighing In” podcast. “If there’s one thing that you know about Nick, he’s gonna come and give you everything that he’s got” McCarthy said.
“Would I mind seeing him against Kamaru? No, I wouldn’t.” Giving the standup advantage to Nick Diaz, McCarthy said ”Kamaru would stand with him (Diaz) until he started getting lit up and then he’s gonna go and use his wrestling, which he should. I’m not saying he shouldn’t, but what is Nick always complaining about? People wrestling.“
John McCarthy then explained why Usman would be forced to resort to his wrestling background.
“He’s a handful as far as the way he creates situations that he just touch, touch, touch and he’ll throw power in there and he’ll take shots to give shots. He just keeps this buzzsaw action going that makes you start to become more defensive than offensive and you end up saying screw this and when you’ve got that wrestling background, you’re Kamaru Usman, you go, ‘I’m taking him down,’ and that’s what I see here.”
After more than six years away from the sport, Diaz (26-10-2 MMA, 7-7-1 UFC) made his return to the octagon in a much-anticipated rematch with Robbie Lawler at UFC 266 in September of last year, losing to Lawler by TKO in the third round. Diaz had seemingly retired after the bout.
Current Pound for Pound King and Welterweight Champion-Usman was last seen in the Octagon defeating Colby Covington in their rematch by Unanimous Decision at UFC 268 in November of last year. Usman (20-1 MMA, 15-0 UFC) hasn’t lost since 2013, following up the loss by going on a 19-fight unbeaten streak. “The Nigerian Nightmare” is currently recovering from having surgery earlier this year that addressed a damaged ligament in his hand.
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