Nate Diaz

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Masvidal rematch in the works
LightweightUFC
September 1, 2020
Diaz is being targeted for a welterweight rematch with Jorge Masvidal at UFC 256 on Dec. 12, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Diaz lost his initial matchup with Masvidal with the "BMF" belt on the line at UFC 244 last November at Madison Square Garden, though it's hard to deny the sense that he had more in the tank. The bout was ultimately stopped by a doctor at the end of Round 3 due to a Diaz cut, but Diaz is known as a bleeder that has plenty of scar tissue on his face, and cuts like this are certainly not uncommon when he fights. Furthermore, one of Diaz's best strengths is his cardio, and he didn't get to use this with the commission not allowing him to compete in Rounds 4 and 5. It's unclear if this matchup would be five rounds, however. There's also a chance that the bout gets pushed back to January. At 35 years old, Diaz is presumably only interested in big-name opponents, and while Masvidal is coming off a loss in a title fight to Kamaru Usman, his name certainly fits that bill. Nonetheless, Diaz would presumably enter as a betting underdog if or when the rematch becomes official.
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Handed 90-day medical suspension
LightweightUFC
November 5, 2019
Diaz was handed a 90-day medical suspension following his loss to Jorge Masvidal on Saturday, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Diaz's match ended controversially early due to a doctor's stoppage, as he was bleeding from a cut above his eye and another on his cheek. The injuries will keep him from fighting until early February, though he could get back in action sooner than that if he receives medical clearance.
UFC 244 bout ended by doctor
LightweightUFC
November 2, 2019
Diaz lost to Jorge Masvidal via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 3 at UFC 244 on Saturday in New York City.
ANALYSIS
Mixed Martial Arts hasn't been legal in the state of New York for very long, but they have managed to stir up several controversies in their short existence. Add this one to the list. The cut above Diaz's right eye that caused the fight to be stopped was a legitimate one, but we see countless fighters with worse injuries allowed to continue. Diaz was clearly losing the fight at the time of the stoppage, but given Nate's propensity to rally late and his elite cardio makes this decision especially infuriating. Diaz said in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan that he was nursing an injury that prevented him from running and he was waiting until Round 4 to pick up the pace. That's normal totally post-fight nonsense, but given Nate's relative inactivity early in the bout, it might actually be true. It seems more likely than not that the UFC will try to book a rematch here.
UFC 244 back on
LightweightUFC
October 25, 2019
Diaz's main event bout against against Jorge Masvidal will go on as scheduled, as the USADA ruled there was no violation of the anti-doping policy, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
ANALYSIS
Diaz was originally taken off the UFC 244 card and given a two-year suspension after testing for elevated levels of a banned substance. However, the USADA's ruling is a big turn of events for the 34-year-old. As of now, it looks like every thing on on track for his fight against Masvidal on Nov. 2.
No official suspension yet
LightweightUFC
October 25, 2019
Diaz has yet to receive an official suspension as a result of the adverse drug test findings that he announced Thursday, ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This means that for now, his scheduled fight against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 on Nov. 2 is still on, though it remains to be seen if Diaz will make the walk to the cage after expressing distrust in the promotion's anti-doping partner. According to Brett Okamoto of ESPN, Diaz has a flight booked to New York on Saturday and the UFC is still hopeful he will follow through with the trip as planned. Diaz and the UFC still seem to have a lot to work out first, and one aspect likely includes getting his name cleared. Look for more clarity on the situation to surface as fight week approaches.
Off card for UFC 244
LightweightUFC
October 24, 2019
Diaz will no longer fight Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 after testing for elevated levels of a banned substance, he announced on his personal Twitter feed Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Diaz was set for a potentially fantasy-friendly matchup with Masvidal on Nov. 2, but elevated levels of a banned substance, possibly from tainted supplements, will force him to withdraw. Given his reaction, Diaz will likely appeal his potential two-year suspension, and he said that he would not fight until the matter is resolved. If Diaz's test results stand, he would likely face a two-year suspension from the USADA and be ineligible to compete until late 2021.