Nate Diaz

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Fight against Lawler in the works
LightweightUFC
July 7, 2021
A welterweight bout between Diaz and Robbie Lawler is in the works as the co-main for an even in September according to UFC President Dana White, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Diaz is coming off strong late showing in his last bout on June 12 against Leon Edwards before ultimately falling via unanimous decision. That was Diaz's first fight since November of 2019 when he fell to Jorge Masvidal. Lawler is now fully recovered from an injury that caused him to miss his last scheduled bout in November against Mike Perry. Lawler last was in the Octagon in August of 2020 when he lost by unanimous decision to Neil Magny.
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Nearly pulls legendary upset
LightweightUFC
June 12, 2021
Diaz lost to Leon Edwards via unanimous decision (46-49, 46-49, 46-49) at UFC 263 on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
ANALYSIS
Diaz got a superstar reception and displayed his trademark toughness throughout the course of the bout, but Edwards was simply on a different level. That is, until there was about 30 seconds left. Diaz clocked Edwards with a huge left hook in the very last stages of the five-round fight and nearly got the stoppage. It was a crazy finish, but Diaz ultimately ran out of time. Diaz was cut badly early in the fight and spent the majority of the bout bleeding like a stuck pig. His cut man did an excellent job of cleaning it up in between rounds, but it opened up as soon as the action restarted and clearly hampered him. Nate also had all sorts of issues with the leg kicks of Leon. It was a discouraging effort for Diaz in terms of performance until the very end, but it's important to remember that Edwards is one of the very best welterweights on the planet. Nate's star power remains as strong as ever, and these marquee attraction fights should be there for as long as Diaz wishes to continue to step into the Octagon.
Fight postponed to June 12
LightweightUFC
May 3, 2021
Diaz's fight against Leon Edwards is postponed to UFC 263 on June 12, Mike Bohn of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Diaz is reported to have come down with a minor injury, thus prompting the postponement of this matchup until next month. The welterweight will now face Edwards on June 12. Diaz is set to enter this fight as a massive betting underdog, as high as (+400) in some books.
Scheduled to fight in UFC 262
LightweightUFC
March 30, 2021
Diaz will fight Leon Edwards in the co-main event of UFC 262 on May 15 in Houston, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
It will be history in the making at UFC 262 as the fight will be the first five-round non-title co-main event in UFC history. Diaz returns to the Octagon for the first time since November of 2019, when he lost the "BMF" belt to Jorge Masvidal. Diaz confirmed the fight via his personal Twitter account on Tuesday night.
Looking for welterweight fights
LightweightUFC
February 2, 2021
Diaz appeared to reveal via his personal Twitter account that he intends to remain at 170 pounds for any potential comeback.
ANALYSIS
Not much has been released from the Diaz camp of late, as he was last linked to a potential Jorge Masvidal rematch in September, but nothing ever came to fruition. He hasn't competed since dropping the "BMF" belt to Masvidal back in November of 2019. While an opponent has yet to be identified, the door has always been open for a rematch with Conor McGregor to complete a trilogy that currently stands at 1-1. With both fighters coming off a loss and Diaz set to turn 36 years old in April, the timing just may be right to settle the score.
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.