BREAKING: Nate Diaz Announces Return Date for His Next Fight in the UFC

Published 08/18/2021, 10:48 AM EDT


Nate Diaz took to Instagram recently to post a cryptic message. He posted a photo of him in fantastic shape captioning, “Defending in December.” Well, one might assume Diaz has hinted at a return for him to the UFC Octagon.

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The Stockton native last fought at UFC 263 and lost a decision to Leon Edwards. Well, despite being dominated for 5 rounds, Diaz managed to steal the show at the final minute of the fight. He rocked ‘Rocky’ with a slap and punch combo. Many believe Diaz would have earned the finish if he had a bit more time on his side.

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Diaz has now lost 2 in a row in the UFC. Prior to his loss to Edwards, Diaz suffered a T/KO loss by doctor stoppage to Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244. However, he made history in that fight as well. He was a part of the first BMF title fight which headlined the famous Madison Square Garden Arena.

His last win in the UFC was against Anthony Pettis at UFC 241. Diaz broke a long lay-off having fought at UFC 202 before that where he dropped a razor-close decision to Conor McGregor in their rematch having already submitted the Irishman at UFC 196.

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’s older brother, Nick Diaz, is set to return to the UFC Octagon next month at UFC 266. He will break his over 5-year long hiatus from competition against Robbie Lawler in a featured 5-round fight.

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Who will Nate Diaz fight upon his return?

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With Diaz, there will never be a shortage of opponents. He is one of the biggest names in the sport and everyone wants a piece of him. A trilogy fight against McGregor has been teased for a long time. But McGregor’s injury means that fight is off the cards.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – MAY 05: Nate Diaz looks on against Jim Miller during their Lightweight bout at Izod Center on May 5, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Diaz has had some back-and-forths with Dustin Poirier recently. So, that might be a big possibility as a fight between the duo will be a barn-burner. A rematch against Jorge Masvidal looks unlikely too at this point. So, it’s hard to confirm anything regarding an opponent until any official statement is out.

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Apratim Banerjee

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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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