‘I Like the Little Moreno Guy’- Nate Diaz Excited to See Brandon Moreno Take on Deiveson Figueiredo in their Rematch

Published 06/12/2021, 12:50 AM EDT
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)


UFC welterweight Nate Diaz spoke to Mike Bohn in the lead-up to his fight at UFC 263 in Glendale, Arizona. Diaz returns to action after a long lay-off to take on the number three ranked welterweight in Leon Edwards. A win over ‘Rocky’ Edwards would bring Diaz close to title contention despite not being ranked inside the top 15.

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Fans are always excited to see Nate Diaz compete, and he’ll be participating in a five-round contest. While Diaz knows he’s the A-side on the card, he also recognized that there were other marquee bouts that are worth getting excited about. Stockton’s second son expressed an interest to see Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno slug it out for a second time after their stellar first fight.

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)

“The other guy, they’re going to have good fights too, though, so that’s a good thing. I like the little Moreno guy. Uh, Brandon Moreno, yeah and they had a really good fight last time and then Adesanya and Vettori are f**king the best guys in that division right, so that f**king should be a good show.”

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Leon Edwards vs Nate Diaz: What are the implications going forward

The aforementioned scrap arguably poses the biggest question on the entire card with respect to the future of the victor. Nate Diaz is the only fighter on the main card who is currently unranked. Despite that, he’s also the fighter most likely to get a title shot off a win.

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Nate Diaz is confident that beating Leon Edwards who is on a 9-fight unbeaten streak will get him a crack at Kamaru Usman. Chiefly, that would be a surprising turn of events considering that there are other prominent names at the top of the division. However, as stranger things have happened in MMA, fans wouldn’t be all that surprised

Not to mention, the UFC will be happy to push Diaz towards the title if everything falls in his favor. He’s a massive star at the box office and his notoriety has been on full display during fight week. However, securing the upset win over Edwards is easier said than done considering he’s geared up and ready.

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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