Nate Diaz's Manager Says His ‘High School Reunion’ Tweet Was About Scheduling
Posted by Larry Csonka on 09.30.2013
Diaz wants on the UFC on FOX 9 instead…
Nate Diaz's manager Mike Kogan told MMA Junkie that UFC lightweight Nate Diaz's (16-9 MMA, 11-7 UFC) tweet about attending his high school reunion wasn't actually about his high school reunion. He was just trying to say he wanted to fight Gray Maynard at UFC on FOX 9 instead of The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale.
Kogan said: "It just makes sense that he fights Gray Maynard, who's ranked above him, on the same card where there's a title fight, so he just expressed a desire to fight on the Sacramento card."
Diaz tweeted that he couldn't make a fight with Maynard (11-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) because the reunion was on the same night as the November 30 event, which is at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. He then deleted the message. Kogan said Diaz isn't turning down the fight and is currently training to face Maynard, he just wants to fight a little later.
Kogan said that UFC on FOX 9 (on December 14 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California, airing live on FOX) is closer to Diaz's hometown of Stockton and features Josh Thomson vs. Anthony Pettis for the UFC lightweight title. Thomson got the shot after beating Diaz via TKO (head kick and punches) in San Jose at UFC on FOX 7 in the second round. It was Diaz's first loss via TKO.
Kogan added "It has nothing to do with the reunion or not reunion. He would like to see if he could fight on the Sacramento card. It's only two weeks later. It's closer to his house; it's like fighting in your backyard with more fans. That's really what it's about."
Before that fight, Diaz fought Benson Henderson for the lightweight title and lost by unanimous decision, ending a three-fight win streak. Diaz won an unofficial fight against Maynard on The Ultimate Fighter 5 by submission and lost three years later by split decision.