Nate Diaz took most of Conor McGregor’s career options when he tapped him out Saturday at UFC 196. The lightweight fought at welterweight and would appear to now have his choice of big fights.
"I’m on top, now," he said at the UFC 196 post-event press conference.
"Let’s see what [the UFC] wants to do."
Immediately after the fight, UFC president Dana White seemed to have a decent idea — Nate Diaz fighting welterweight champion Robbie Lawler.
"You know what would make a lot of sense?" White told ESPN, with a caveat. "This isn’t the fight I’m making, I’m just saying, [Diaz] and Robbie Lawler would make a lot of sense. His brother [Nick Diaz] beat [Lawler]. Robbie is now the world champion, and Nate became very, very popular tonight. We’ll see what happens with Nate, but listen, for me to try to predict what one of the Diaz brothers is going to do? Who knows?"
White’s friend, co-owner and boss Lorenzo Fertitta seems to like the idea of Diaz vs. Lawler II, with a change in Stockton brothers. According to a tweet from Lance Pugmire, Fertitta is game for Nate vs. Robbie.