"That's the fight fans what to happen."
The stakes are higher than ever for Nate Diaz this weekend. His upcoming fight with Khamzat Chimaev might be the last one on his contract, but a title shot is right behind the corner. In a recent interview with InsideFighting's Andrew Capucetti, Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight titleholder Leon Edwards stated that he's willing to face Diaz if he scores an emphatic win on Saturday.
"If he goes out there and finishes Chimaev, or beat him convincingly, one hundred percent. I think that's the fight that the fans want to happen, you know? I'm watching this fight closely this weekend and see how it plays out, and we go from there."
When Diaz heard that, the Stockton OG didn't back down. In fact, he sees a rematch with Edwards happening down the road.
"Congratulations to Leon, it was a good fight," Diaz said to InsideFighting. "He did what he was supposed to do, and that's the name of the game. At some point in time, me and Leon will fight again, but at the moment I'm dealing with what I gotta deal with. It's all gonna be on for real."
Diaz (20-13) and Edwards (20-3, 1NC) collided in a five-round battle at UFC 263 in June 2021. While "Rocky" took home the victory, Diaz went close to finishing his opponent in the fifth frame, going out on his shield in front of a very entertained audience.