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Nate Diaz: “Hold Up, Now I’m Fighting The Wheaties Box Dude?”

Nate Diaz has taken a shot at the former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and his now infamous association with popular cereal Wheaties.

Despite its placement as the UFC 241 co-main event, the lightweight clash between the returning Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis may well prove to be the most attractive fixture of the lot.

Overall, the card will stand as perhaps the biggest and most thoroughly stacked of the Autumn season – a lineup that boasts a number of proven veterans, electric prospects, and, fan favourites.

For many, though, watching Nate make his first walk to the octagon in over three years will be worth the price of admission alone but in Anthony Pettis, he will be taking on a resurgent 170lb force who has proven his ability to be dangerous against the heavier men of the welterweight division.

Although the next shot at divisional champion Kamaru Usman will likely be earned by the former interim-champion Colby Covington, an impressive showing on the UFC 241 main-card could well be enough to sway the powers-that-be in the UFC to jump on what could potentially be a bout of gargantuan proportions.

Speaking in a recent interview ahead of his return to the octagon next weekend, Diaz cited his somewhat sketchy history with Showtime as a reason for their somewhat turbulent relationship during the fight’s lead-up.

“I wasn’t happy about the stuff that was going on with him. I saw him come in and then before you know it, I turn around for a second and he is on the cover of a Wheaties box and I was like ‘hold up’. Now I’m fighting the Wheaties box dude.

“I was like trying to get a fight with him and was like big leaguing me. And then he comes walking my way all cool, Wheaties box guy. We should have fought a long time ago, but here we are now and I think it is all about to go down!”

The fight will be contested over three rounds, a setting that could well lead to a frantic pace from the get-go – and knowing both Diaz and Pettis’ penchant for the spectacular, there’s every chance that the contest will live up to all of the vast expectations that have been attached to it.

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