WATCH: Nate Diaz Narrates His Entire Journey in His UFC Career

Published 06/12/2021, 2:48 AM EDT
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)


Nate Diaz returns to action at UFC 263 to fight Leon Edwards in a 5-round clash at the UFC’s welterweight division. The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner took a trip down memory lane ahead of the event. The recent Run it Back video with Diaz is a must-watch for the fans.

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“Yeah, this is just the beginning of it all. They wanted me to ride out in the low rider in Cinco de Mayo against this guy. But I wasn’t gonna ride out in no low rider. I think he did though. Yeah, I was just trying to make sure I never f**ked up.”

“Yeah, right here at this point in time there wasn’t people weren’t as skilled in jujitsu so I knew I would box a lot and I spar a lot with everybody, but I knew that if they got to the ground with anybody, it was done. Because I had a blue belt under Ceaser Gracie, and that was more than most probably black belt anywhere else,” said Diaz about his first appearance under the WEC banner.

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Diaz also looked back at his run at The Ultimate Fighter. At 21, he was the youngest fighter on the show. Whereas, there were fighters up to the age of 35 as well. But Diaz says he had already lived in a house full of fighters. This included the likes of his brother Nick Diaz, Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez, and more.

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Nate Diaz looks back at his other memories in the UFC

Diaz then looked back at his fight against Kurt Pellegrino in 2008 too. “Richard and Nick were yelling in the corner and they were freaking out and I was like hold up, I was asleep. Because the first round I lost,” said Diaz.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – NOVEMBER 05: Nate Diaz watches as teammate Chris Avila of the United States enters the Octagon before facing Enrique Barzola of Peru in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on November 5, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

I ate too much after I weighed in and I was like overdone. I was like, went in there, felt like I’m gonna fall asleep, I went into the fight. He jumped on me quick and he was punching my eye a lot and then I was in a corner my brother, look how crazy Nick is here. My brother and Richard were like come on… Man, I’m like hold up! I like I just woke up let me see how this round goes. And then it started coming together for me… It worked out as great,” he added.

Diaz is confident he will fight Conor McGregor again at some point

Diaz also looked back on his famous win against Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 196. The Stockton native choked out ‘The Notorious’ and caused a big upset. “I could teach him something,” said Diaz about his experience.

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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 Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

At some point for sure. Sure we’re gonna fight. I was hot. That’s a war,” he further added. Fans would love to see Diaz and McGregor share the Octagon once again at some point down the line.

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However, for now, Diaz will look to get the win over ‘Rocky‘ this weekend. He can put himself right into the welterweight title picture with a win at UFC 263. That will be easier said than done.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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