Why Does Nate Diaz Not Have Tattoos On His Body?

Published 06/10/2021, 9:49 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)


UFC welterweight Nate Diaz is one of the most popular fighters currently contracted on the UFC roster. His fame reached critical mass after defeating Conor McGregor at UFC 196 and things have only looked uphill for there. He returns to action at UFC 263 in Glendale, Arizona, and is part of a historic match-up against Leon Edwards.

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Diaz vs Edwards will be the first five-round fight in the UFC without main event status or title implications. What’s more, Diaz is favored against Edwards across the duration of 25 minutes. This is yet another chip in his favor. But such is the appeal of Stockton’s second son. He marches to the beat of his own drum in more ways than one.

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Nate Diaz: Why doesn’t he get inked up?

When talking about a fighter’s persona, it’s hard to leave out a quintessential part of a fighter’s look- tattoos. Several marquee fighters create a brand around their unique look that fans tend to gravitate towards. In fact, Cody Garbrandt’s neck tattoo, Kevin Lee’s head tattoo, and Conor McGregor’s chest tattoo are some notable looks.

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)

However, Nate Diaz’s brand and popularity stem solely from the way he carries himself inside and outside the cage. Nate, along with his older brother Nick Diaz, are arguably two of the most gangster fighters in the company based on their aura. Stockton’s 209 belongs to the Diaz Brothers and their iconic look comes down to snapback hats and black t-shirts.

At the end of the day, getting tattoos is a subjective decision and Nate Diaz simply doesn’t confine to the norm of it being part of a fighter’s identity. However, his decision to not get inked has in no way caused any hindrance to his popularity.

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ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 14: Former UFC lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz smokes during an open workout for fans and media at Honda Center on August 14, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

If Diaz wants to fight the number three ranked welterweight without a ranking of his own, he’ll get his wish. Fans have taken to his anti-authority persona and continue to show out to his fights regardless of any other factors.

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Darryl Pinto

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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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