‘Who The F*** Is This?’- Nate Diaz Responds To Leon Edwards Call-Out

Published 02/13/2021, 11:16 AM EST
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Nate Diaz of the United States fights against Jorge Masvidal (not pictured) of the United States in the Welterweight “BMF” championship bout during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)


Nate Diaz seems to be gearing up for a comeback to the UFC. While it was said that he will be returning to the Lightweight division, Diaz has said he intends to stay a Welterweight. He hasn’t fought at 155 in over 5 years and last fought in 2019. Diaz’s return rumors have come at the same time as a top-three Welterweight needing an emergency opponent.

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Khamzat Chimaev had to drop out of his scheduled fight with Leon Edwards, marking the third time this fight has been canceled. With Edwards wanting a replacement rather than another postponement, he name-dropped Diaz as one of his desired opponents. Diaz addressed the informal call-out on Twitter by referencing one of his rivals, Conor McGregor‘s most iconic mic moment.

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Dana White has announced that the UFC is trying to get Colby Covington to be the next opponent for Edwards. That match would serve as a de-facto number one contenders fight after the Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns title fight at UFC 258. However, an Usman loss could muddle it up for a while.

Nate Diaz: Would he match up well with Edwards?

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Nate Diaz can give the top contenders in the UFC a big challenge on a good night. His skill-set provides exciting fights and his granite chin makes him a tough opponent for everyone. While Rocky can do a little bit of everything, it would be hard for him to pick one gameplan against Diaz.

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JULY 20: Leon Edwards of Jamaica reacts after defeating Rafael Dos Anjos of Brazil by unanimous decision in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at AT&T Center on July 20, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Wrestling Nate is risky with his tricky and elite BJJ. He also is not afraid to stand in front of his opponents and strike, possessing some of the best clinch boxing in the UFC. Edwards is an electric striker, boasting one of the fastest finishes in UFC history. However, he can also out-wrestle some of the best in the division.

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The Chimaev matchup was a flashy attraction, so Edwards could do with another one against Diaz. If he beats anyone, he becomes next in line for a title shot. While beating Colby would make him undisputed, a win over Diaz could go a long way.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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