The always controversial and popular Nate Diaz returns to the octagon this Saturday at UFC 263.
The younger Diaz will face Leon Edwards, a dangerous opponent who is one step away from challenging for the belt. It came as a surprise to many that Nate was announced as the Brit’s opponent, especially after a two-year absence. Ahead of the bout, Nate Diaz spoke to ESPN about his motivation for taking the fight.
Video: Nate Diaz responds to fighters who predict he will lose at UFC 263
“I was waiting for everyone to get back into their rhythm. I wasn’t really waiting. I was just trying to be on a good bill where everything was happening again with full arenas. It was time to fight and he’s the one that’s winning and doing a good job and he’s got an awesome little record and career going, so, let’s get that shit out of him.”
Leon Edwards starts as the favorite in the betting and in the eyes of most experts. In addition, several fighters have predicted that Diaz will take another loss. This provoked Nate’s annoyance.
“All the fighters that said something about me, if it’s not positive and it’s bullshit, then shut the f$%& up and f*** off, that’s what I think of you. That’s the way it’s been my whole career. If you don’t have anything good to say, then don’t say anything. That’s how I work. If I don’t have anything good to say, I keep my predictions and all that shit to myself. Because all those people that are talking about how I’m going to lose, they ain’t shit themselves.”