‘Whos Next’- Nate Diaz Posts A Cryptic Message Calling Out His Next Opponent

Published 06/29/2021, 1:58 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 20: Nate Diaz eyes Conor McGregor from across the Octagon before their welterweight rematch at the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor won by majority decision. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


UFC veteran and perennial fan favorite Nate Diaz made his long-awaited return to the octagon against the high-flying Leon Edwards at UFC 263. The bout was a non-title 5 rounder (a first for the promotion) that ended in a unanimous decision loss for him.

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Even though the Stockton native lost that fight, he still received gigantic applause from the live crowd. They were cheering for him from start to finish.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 05: Nate Diaz reacts to his victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in their welterweight bout during the UFC 196 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

For most of the match, Leon comprehensively dominated him. Such that his sharp blow made a cut over Diaz’s head and blood started flowing out. But Diaz continued to fight with the same spirit. In an almost decisive moment of the match, he connected with a vicious punch.

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That punch almost brought Edwards to the ground, but the Jamaican closely survived the impact. However, that one instant moment became a hit with the live crowd and millions watching at home.

Reminiscing the moment, Diaz tweeted the video and simultaneously called out fighters. He wrote, “I been had this whole sh*t shook up. Whos next?”

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Firas Zahabi terms Nate Diaz as the scariest street fighter

Diaz doesn’t have the greatest of professional records in MMA. But what truly stands out is that he never gives up. Many pundits and fans alike believe that no one could beat him in a real street fight.

It may feel exaggerated to some but the legendary coach Firas Zahabi totally agrees with this statement. The latter, who has even served as the coach of a certain Georges St-Pierre, believes Diaz could beat anyone in a street fight.

“If you put him in a fight where there is no time limit, I think he beats 99 percent of fighters,” Zahabi said during a Q&A session. “You can’t sub him. You can’t finish him. The guy doesn’t stop walking forward. He puts volume on you. He is the scariest, in my opinion, street fighter in MMA.”

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The coach further added, “I think if he had a no time limit fight with Leon Edwards, he beats Leon Edwards–and I have a tremendous admiration for Leon Edwards.”

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Well, it will be interesting to see what UFC plans ahead for Diaz. Going by his recent statements, it is highly possible we might see him later this year.

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Who do you think is next for Diaz?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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