Nate Diaz

USA

Set to fight Jorge Masvidal
LightweightUFC
September 7, 2019
Diaz will fight Jorge Masvidal in a welterweight matchup in the main event of UFC 244 on Nov. 2, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Diaz called out Masvidal in August, and Masvidal quickly accepted. Both fighters are coming off of wins, as Diaz took down Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision in August, and Masvidal defeated Ben Askren via KO (flying knee) in July. Diaz prepared a higher-volume style for what was a three-round fight with Pettis, but will now have to re-adjust for a five-round, non-title fight. Diaz has always been known for having elite cardio, so adjusting shouldn't be much of an issue. He'll also hold slight height and reach advantages over Masvidal come fight night. In terms of striking volume, Diaz and his 4.71 significant strikes landed per minute are difficult to beat, though Masvidal does sport superior striking defense. Both of these men have a grappling in their arsenal, but given they're selling this as the "gangsterweight title," it seems more likely to be a standup affair. Should that turn out to be the case, there will be high potential for fantasy scoring in this five-round matchup.
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Jorge Masvidal accepts call out
LightweightUFC
August 20, 2019
Diaz will tentatively fight Jorge Masvidal in either November or December, Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
In his interview with Joe Rogan after he defeated Anthony Pettis on Saturday night, Diaz called out Masvidal saying he wanted to fight him next. Masvidal released a video Tuesday responding with the simple words of "challenge accepted." Both fighters are at the peak of their popularity in the sport and are both fresh off of dominating wins against their respective opponents. This would surely be a matchup that everyone would want to see.
Returns from long layoff with win
LightweightUFC
August 17, 2019
Diaz defeated Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC 241 on Saturday in Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
That guy hadn't fought in three years? Nate's return from his long layoff resulted in a near-flawless performance. He dragged Pettis into deep waters and to the surprise of noone, Diaz emerged from that scenario victorious. Nate made a constant effort to push the pace against Pettis and it worked. Diaz said in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan that has wasn't happy with his cardio, but it looked darn good from here. Diaz forced Pettis to fight in tight and did an excellent job of controlling the ground exchanges between the two men. Nate will never be the type to overwhelm an opponent with power shots, but he throws a ton of jabs and knows how to fight to his strengths. After the bout, Diaz teased a possible future bout with the rising Jorge Masvidal. Yes, please.
UFC President teases next fight
LightweightUFC
May 12, 2019
UFC President Dana White released a tweet from his personal Twitter account on Saturday night that stated Diaz will face Anthony Pettis in a welterweight matchup in the co-main event of UFC 241 on August 17 in Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
Now, White has been known to make premature announcements as a negotiating tactic, and any fight announcement regarding the return of Nate Diaz should be taken with a grain of salt. That being said, a report from Ariel Helwani of ESPN around the time of White's tweet seems to corroborate the information, as he states that the fight has already been verbally agreed to. Should this fight go on as planned, it's an intriguing matchup in the welterweight division. It certainly makes sense for Diaz to take this fight, as he'll enter with two-inch height and four-inch reach advantages over a fighter that once competed at featherweight. The big challenge for Diaz will be his recent lack of activity, as he hasn't taken the cage since his 2016 loss to Conor McGregor, as several fights since then have fallen through. Pettis, on the other hand, has earned four post-fight bonuses since that time, most recently knocking out Stephen Thompson in his welterweight debut last March. Diaz is known for his exceptional cardio, but Pettis should be able to give him a run for his money as the fresher man following his move up in weight class. It's a smart career move for Diaz if he truly intends to return, as it's a reasonable opponent with a big name, and if he wins, might allow him to cut the long line for a title shot.
Dropped from UFC rankings
LightweightUFC
April 24, 2019
Diaz has been removed from the official UFC.com rankings.
ANALYSIS
While the promotion's "official" rankings don't get much respect from most media members (and fighters alike), this move indicates the UFC is not optimistic about seeing Diaz compete in the near future. He was most recently scheduled for a fight at UFC 230 against Dustin Poirier last November, but never got a replacement opponent after Poirier withdrew due to injury. Poirier eventually went on to defeat Max Holloway for the interim title at 155 pounds, and is now in line to face Khabib Nurmagomedov in a unification belt. That path could have very well been Diaz's has things gone differently. Instead, the 34-year-old will remain sidelined while waiting for the right opportunity.
Officially off UFC 230
LightweightUFC
October 10, 2018
Diaz will no longer compete at UFC 230 on Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden following the withdrawal of his opponent, Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports.
ANALYSIS
This fight seemed to be doomed from the start. Diaz and fellow lightweight Dustin Poirier had been scheduled for three rounds in the lightweight division, but with the card lacking a main event until recently, the two campaigned heavily for a five-round bout with a new, 165-pound title on the line. When those plans were shut down, Diaz suggested he would possibly walk away, but it never did get to that point. Poirier was forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury, and the UFC will ultimately be unable to secure another suitable opponent for Diaz. He hasn't fought since his second matchup with Conor McGregor in August of 2016, and likely won't come out of the woodwork again unless offered a highly-lucrative opportunity. Rumors of potential matchups against the likes of Tony Ferguson or Justin Gaethje were quickly shut down, and even Conor McGregor's coach acknowledged that his star athlete is currently medically suspended. Diaz could be perfectly content to wait on the sidelines until McGregor becomes available, or the promotion is willing to open up a new weight class with a vacant title.