Nate Diaz is going in on Anthony Pettis following an announcement that the UFC lightweight champion will be out for between six and eight months with a knee injury.
Fears are growing that Pettis is on course to replace Dominick Cruz as an injury-plagued champion who struggles to stay in one piece between title defenses.
Diaz accused Pettis of “fighting once a year” today and said the champion should have to “work [his] way back up” when he returns to action in third-quarter 2014.
The comments came in response to Pettis appearing on UFC Tonight this week.
“Nate Diaz has been talking so much. He looked pretty decent in his last fight. I hope he works his way up and we get to fight,” he said.
Pettis also touched on the possibility of a superfight with Jose Aldo, though now that his injury is confirmed that fight is far from an immediate concern.
“Aldo has his hands full with Ricardo Lamas. Hopefully Aldo comes out of that and we have a super fight. I want to fight one more time in the year and then maybe set up a super fight for the end of the year,” he said.