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Nate Diaz has denied the suggestion he's retired, despite being the reason people thought he'd left the 'fight game' behind, saying he'd 'fight tonight.'
On Thursday Diaz took to social media saying 'f*ck a rematch...peace out fight game,' following his BMF title loss to Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 just a few days before.
To many that was the end of the Stockton Slugger's career in the octagon but the 34-year-old has now confirmed that's not the case.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani on Saturday Diaz said, "Who said I was retired? I'll fight tonight. I'll fight forever, I'm never going to retire, that's for sure."
Diaz had a three year absence from the sport between August 2016, after he lost the second fight between himself and Conor McGregor, and August this year.
He returned to face Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 in a very impressive performance before saying he only wanted to fight the 'baddest mother f*ckers' and name checked Masvidal.
That led to the creation of the BMF title for the UFC 244 main event but it ended in a not very BMF way as the two cuts on Diaz's face led to the doctor calling off the fight after just three rounds.
The feeling on the night was of disappointment that it had ended so soon but also that Masvidal was a rightful winner having dominated the first three rounds.
Their had been a lot of respect in the build up to the fight between the two men and straight afterwards the winner offered Diaz the chance to 'run it back,' something he doubled down on in his response to his opponent's 'retirement.'
However Diaz seemed to end the respect on Saturday night when he took to Twitter to post a picture of him getting a punch through during the fight and suggesting his opponent wanted out at that time.
This is the time in the fight- Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) November 10, 2019
where him and I realized he didn't wanna be in this fight anymore. pic.twitter.com/Ehiw5ryObG
Dana White dismissed the idea of the pair of fighters having their rematch straight away but as long as both stay in the fight game and keep some form they'll likely be an appetite for the second installment at some point.
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