Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 02:25
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Monday, May 13th, 2013
In a stunning revelation, Josh Thomson disclosed to BJPenn.com that Nathan Diaz failed to make weight for their recent fight. Thomsons remarks come on the cusp of the Diaz camp making a huge to do about Georges St Pierre not making the approved weight with his older brother Nick during their championship fight. In that contest, St Pierre was reportedly off slightly which caused a huge stir in the Diaz camp as GSP was reportedly a fractional margin over the contested weight, which then led athletic commission officials to round his weight to the nearest pound.
Thomson, who became the first fighter to ever stop the younger Diaz, looked phenomenal in their bout. Landing headkicks nearly at will, he was able to stop Diaz and take claim as one of the top fighters in the UFC’s lightweight division. “I am going to say this directly to him; Nate, you didn’t make the weight, so how are you going to make the weight when we fight again? That’s the thing that’s discerning, we all let it slide because it was a huge fight, but you didn’t make the weight and you still lost. So unless you plan on fighting me a 170 then I’m not really interested. Like I said, I’m looking forward to the title shot, I’m looking forward to getting in there for the title. If I have to go through him again to do it, then so be it, maybe you should start watching what you eat, maybe you should start doing that to take care of yourself. You couldn’t make the weight the first time and that was something I was going to keep to myself, but you want to start talking trash? Saying all these things, knowing that I beat you fair and square, I guess next time we’ll take 20% of your purse if you don’t make weight.”
Shortly after the bout, Diaz went on the offensive, insisting on a rematch with Thomson. Those comments caused Thomson to respond, which was likely something Diaz didn’t want. “It’s an issue I could have brought up and made a big deal about but I didn’t do it because that’s not the kind of person I am. I could have made a big fuss and taken it, rubbed some salt in the wound and taken 20% percent of your purse after you lost, but I didn’t That’s the kind of person I am, I moved on and I suggest you do the same thing.”
While both are two of the most exciting, talented fighters, they have fallen on rough times recently, granted they both are constantly fighting upper end competition. Nate has stated that he plans to move back to 170lbs, a division that appeared to make him look much smaller than the opposition. Whether or not Diaz follows through with this plan remains to be seen. Diaz was dominated at 170 by Dong Hyun Kim and Rory McDonald before moving back to 155lb, where he looked better than he ever had. Diaz now is riding a two-fight losing streak, losing to Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson.
Click the break for the entire interview via BJPenn.com