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Morning Report: Joe Lauzon explains why Nate Diaz is the last lightweight he'd ever want to fight

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Joe Lauzon loves him some Nate Diaz.

The pair of UFC lightweights emerged in 2007 as castmates on the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter, but have somehow avoided having to scrap.

Hosting a Q&A session Tuesday, a fan told Lauzon he'd asked Diaz why the two haven't been booked. According to Diaz, he just plain likes Joe too much.

"I also love Nate," Lauzon replied. "I think it's kind of a natural thing that we'll probably fight at some point, maybe. But I would always try to fight someone else before I fought Nate. Just because I like Nate a lot. It would probably be an exciting fight, but I like Nate too much."

Diaz was a particular point of interest to fans and Lauzon spent a goodly portion of the chat just telling Diaz stories.

"I love Nate Diaz," said Lauzon. "We were both on [The Ultimate Fighter] together. We were on opposite teams. He actually arm-locked me the very first day for the tryouts. The tryouts were to pick teams and I got matched up with Nate. I hadn't done jiu jitsu in two months because my brother, we don't get along so well sometimes, we were doing kickboxing sparring and he double-legged me through the ropes into a hard piece of metal.

"I had a huge lump and I couldn't do anything off my back for two months. So the first day, it's the first time I've done any sort of jiu jitsu and of course I'm paired up with Nate and he arm-locks me right off the bat. It was such a nice arm lock."

Despite his propensity to start brawls in casinos, Diaz is also the type to sprint across a lobby to hug your mom and dad. Well, Lauzon's at least. If you've got beef with Nate, you've got beef with Joe.

"Everyone's like, 'He kind of looks like a jerk.' Lauzon said of Diaz. "He seems like a dick.' I try to explain that the Diaz brothers don't like doing media, but if you met Nate Diaz you would love him. Nate is the man. I wish it would come off a little bit clearer how awesome those guys are. He'd give you the shirt off his back. The 209 don't give a f**k."



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