Nate Diaz

USA

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Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 6/12/2021
Fight postponed to June 12
LightweightUFC
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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 lightweight will now face Edwards on June 12.
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Scheduled to fight in UFC 262
LightweightUFC
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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
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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
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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.
Handed 90-day medical suspension
LightweightUFC
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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
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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.