Nate Diaz appears to have hinted he is ready to retire from fighting days after losing to Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244.
The Stockton native was forced out of the contest before the fourth round at Madison Square Garden by a doctor stoppage due to two severe cuts to his eye as a result of Masvidal’s elbow in the opening minutes of the BMF title fight.
He has since been handed a 90-day medical suspension by the New York State Athletic Commission.
Diaz received 25 stitches for the lacerations above and below his eye afterwards, but not before hitting out at both the stoppage and UFC president Dana White.
On Thursday morning, Diaz, who has won 20 of his 32 MMA fights, suggested he was walking away from the octagon.
“F**k a rematch this s**t was over before it started.” he said alluding to his cuts.
“I’m going on out on tour.
“Peace out fight game.”
It contradicts comments he made a week before the fight, in which he said he would ‘fight forever’ in an interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.
“Can’t live with it, can’t live without it type of thing. Yeah, I’ll fight forever. Forever. I’m never going to retire that’s for sure,” adding that if he ever did walk away he wouldn’t make a big song and dance about it and mocking those who did.
“[Those people] are full of s**t. You over here retiring? You want us to beg you back in. Don’t play with me.
“If you’re gone, then peace.”
After his victory, Masvidal, who has enjoyed a stunning 2019 with three successive wins, said he would give Diaz a rematch.
“I swear we’ll be running it back man. You gave me the love and I swear I’ll give it right back, let’s run it back”, he told Joe Rogan in his post-fight interview.
“I don’t like to leave the ring like this, with my opponent conscious. There’s only one way to do it and that’s baptise. I didn’t get to baptise Nate, so we’re going to run it back.”
Before his loss to Masvidal, Diaz recorded an impressive unanimous decision victory over former lightweight title holder Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis in August at UFC 241.
That fight was his first in over three years following a rematch defeat to Conor McGregor at UFC 202 in 2016.