Not saying he can beat bendo right now, but I know he can put up a better fight than he did. In my opinion, he is still young enough to keep improving at a nice pace. Unless Gilbert wins, I don't see why he doesn't believe he can work his way up and there and be better next time?
The Aldo/Pettis situation is weird. But who at 155 can he not beat? Nate can sub or out strike Maynard, it has been done already. He beat Miller and Cerrone. Dos Anjos? Healy? Lauzon? TJ Grant? I think he would be favored in all of those fights.
With the departure of Frankie and Pettis. And stalemate with Alverez....the LW division has got thinner. Other than Bendo and Gilbert, I don't see a fight he can't win.