After his big win over Jim Miller at UFC on Fox 3 Nate Diaz has finally been confirmed as the next in line for a title shot.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the news at the post-fight press conference and also squashed the rumors of Diaz needing to take out Anthony Pettis before receiving a title shot. Diaz will now wait for the winner of Henderson vs. Edgar 2 and fight for the title later this year. It is expected that the Henderson vs. Edgar rematch will take place at UFC 150 in August.
Prior to the event taking place there were doubts around whether or not Diaz would fight for the title in his following fight as it would involve a long layoff, but it now seems that will not be an issue. In a post fight interview on UFC.com Nate said he has been feeling burnt out from training and needs a break so this would tie in well with the wait for the title fight.
Nate Diaz has been on a fantastic run in the UFC lightweight division building up a three-fight winning streak with victories over Takanori Gomi, Donald Cerrone and now Jim Miller. Last night Diaz laid down a dominant performance and a finish that earned him “Submission of the Night” honors and a shot at lightweight gold, now we just need to see who he’ll take on between Henderson and Edgar.