"I don't want to make excuses," Diaz told MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani in a post-fight interview in Phoenix. "I hurt myself. I'm going to fight always. I have to get paid. You know? I have a life to pay for, I have to eat."
It was an unusual week to say the least for Diaz, who was fighting for the first time after a year-long holdout over his pay. Over the course of fight week, Diaz skipped an open workout, complained again about his pay, and missed the lightweight limit by four pounds for the bout.
Diaz said that regardless of what went down, he still showed up to fight.
"I'm not like these other guys who pull out of fights due to little baby injuries, you know?" said Diaz, who lost to dos Anjos on scores of 30-27, 30-26, and 30-26. "The other fighters are breaking hands and little baby toes and pulling out of every fight. I've been injured for 10-15 fights, but regardless to what happens is, I'm going to show and do what I can do. I wish I had a little more to work with this time around, but I came with what I had and I wish I could have got more done."
Diaz has now lost three out of his past four fights. He says that while he's not thrilled about fighting a heavy schedule, he will if he has to.
"I'm not going to say I want to fight all the time and stuff," Diaz said. "But if that's what I gotta do, that's what I'm ready to do. I just want to get the job done and make everything go right and coming into these fights, I don't want to get my ass whupped."
Later in the evening, Diaz left a cryptic Instagram post.
For his part, UFC president Dana White, who expressed displeasure toward Diaz leading up to the bout, somewhat softened his tone at the post-fight press conference.
"Definitely an interesting week, for him," White said. "He wants to make more money, yet he keeps doing things to make himself lose money, which doesn't make sense to me at all. I think Nate is in this position where he needs to go home, heal up, and decide what he wants to do. Does he want to get serious and come in here and try to take a run? Or does he want to retire?"