Nate Diaz

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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 ESPNaround 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.
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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.
Needs new opponent for UFC 230
LightweightUFC
October 9, 2018
Diaz needs a new opponent at UFC 230, as Dustin Poirier has withdrawn due to an undisclosed injury, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Diaz and Poirier were set to be the co-main event of the evening, but now Diaz is without an opponent, and it's unclear if a suitable replacement willl be found. Expect an update on the situation once more information is released.
Looks to be wavering on Poirier matchup
LightweightUFC
August 8, 2018
Diaz has seemingly cast some doubt over the likelihood of his proposed UFC 230 fight against Dustin Poirier, stating "I can't commit..." via his personal Twitter account.
ANALYSIS
Diaz has had his fair share of squabbles with UFC brass, which at least partially explains why he hasn't competed for the promotion since his 2016 matchup against Conor McGregor. He's wanted a trilogy fight with McGregor all along, as that's likely the only matchup that will get him compensated at a level he feels he deserves. The UFC is actually granting Diaz a path to get back to McGregor, as the winner of the scheduled Diaz/Poirier matchup would have an excellent case for fighting McGregor -- provided he gets through Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, which is no easy task. Before Diaz can look too far ahead, however, he and the UFC must sort out there differences and make the Dustin Poirier fight at Madison Square Garden happen.
Will make comeback against Dustin Poirier
LightweightUFC
August 3, 2018
Diaz will take on Dustin Poirier in a lightweight matchup at UFC 230 on Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Diaz has had his fair share of fight rumors and outside-the-cage altercations of late, but when it's all said and done, he hasn't competed for the UFC in nearly two calendar years. That will soon change under the promotion's brightest lights, as he'll take on a fighter in Poirier that has won three-straight matchups against top-tier contenders. Matchup-wise, Diaz will enter with meaningful height and reach advantages, but both the striking and wrestling numbers lean in the direction of Poirier. It's certainly conceivable that the winner here could get a chance to fight for the belt, provided the Conor vs. Khabib rumors are true and that fight goes down in a similar timeframe.