Nate Diaz’s post UFC 202 press conferences and comments have led to a plethora of quotable remarks.
In the aftermath of what is now being hailed by many as the greatest UFC encounter of all time, Nate Diaz can be forgiven for feeling somewhat aggrieved after evidently going to the very limit of ones will, only to come up just short.
Whether or not you agree with some of his comments to the media regarding the judges decision as well as his use of a pre-ordained injury which negatively impacted his jiu-jitsu training for the month leading into the fight, it is understandable that he feels quite dismayed and disappointed.
Evidently, Diaz’s disdain towards his inept preparation for a fully prepared ground game has been somewhat compounded by the workings of Conor McGregor’s imported teammate for the bout, Dillon Danis.
At a post-fight UFC 202 press conference, the Stockton native tore into Danis for his affiliation with the Irishman and went on to state that “I’m gonna get that motherf*cker, man. That guy is on my hit list”.
In an interview on Monday’s edition of the MMA Hour, Danis was candid in the fact that he has no hesitation in facing Diaz in the octagon:
“I don’t know what that means, I’m on his hit list,” Danis said. “But if he wants to do MMA, I’ll fight him in MMA if he wants. He can do a CM Punk with me and bring me into the UFC. He can be my first fight. I’ll fight him in a couple months, whatever he wants to do.”
Danis was brought into McGregor’s camp in preparation for this gargantuan rematch due to his in-dept expertise in jiu-jitsu. At just the tender age of 23, Danis is already a black-belt under the legendary Marcelo Garcia in New York and the input of the New Jersey native was clear for all to see as the Notorious was superb in preventing Diaz’s take downs throughout the slug fest.
“That jiu-jitsu coach he’s got, I’m gonna get that motherf*cker, man,” Diaz said Saturday night. “That guy is on my hit list. This is America and he’s over there representing with them? And then he wants to try to lock up at a press conference like he’s hard? That’s the reason that fool got rushed at the press conference, too. It’s because they’re over there making it seem like we’re the hottest sh*t in town, but I had too many riders with me all ready. Otherwise, we had a good press conference. They walked in like they were the sh*t to steal the show.”
While Danis was adamant in stating that he had nothing but respect for Diaz prior to these comments and went to shake the mans hand at the fights conclusion, only to be given the cold shoulder, the BJJ black belt is now completely open to the prospect of a fight between the two, even in MMA where Danis has not yet competed but has stated his aspirations in so doing once he claims a IBJJF world championship in a gi.
However he is willing to skip ahead if that is what the Stockton slapper wants:
“I had a lot of respect for Nate Diaz,” Danis said. “I went to shake his hand after the fight, he wouldn’t shake my hand. He was saying things. This is the fight game. After the fight, emotions are high. But c’mon man. I did nothing to him. I don’t understand. But now he wants to make it personal. If he wants to fight, that’s fine. I don’t understand where that came from.”
“Any kind of combat he wants to do, I’m ready to step in there with him,” Danis said. “Whatever he wants. No problem. MMA? It doesn’t matter to me. I’ll fight him in MMA tomorrow.”
(source via mmafighting.com)