In Dana White’s opinion,Nate Diaz’s win against Pettis on Saturday has elevated his stardom to the level of Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor.
Diaz defeated Pettis after five rounds by unanimous decision at the UFC241 held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. His dominance endured the five rounds and earned him a score of 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 from the judges.
Fans were louder for Diaz than for the UFC 241’s main event Heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic.
At the post-fight conferences, a reporter voiced his opinion that the buzz created for Dias put him on the same level as UFC stardom as McGregor and Rousey.
The UFC President agreed, saying: “Yeah. It’s pretty tough to deny. He’s a needle mover now.”
White believes the reason so many people back the Stockton native is because he’s the perfect anti-hero, saying:
“Well, I think it’s stuff like – I did the fighter meeting and I specifically told him not to swear on ESPN. He looked right at me and said ‘mother f–ker.’’
“Right after the – when he was doing his interview on ESPN. You know, stuff like that. I read this story – I didn’t read this story, I read the headline, from one of the big papers that had written a story about this.’’
“It said, ‘UFC Needs An Anti-Hero And Here He Is – Nate Diaz.’ It’s true. It’s just, I said it leading up to this fight. He’s the guy that says ‘f–k you to the man,’ but he doesn’t actually say ‘f–k you’ to the man.’’
“Actually, every time I see him Nate is cool. But he just has this thing that people like.”
Jorge Masvidal attended the UFC 241 and smiled from ear to ear when Diaz called him out as his possible next opponent during his post-fight interview.
If not Masvidal, his next fight might have to be against McGregor for a third fight to determine the ultimate winner, each having a win in their two previous fights.