‘He Gets to Pick a Shot Still’- Daniel Cormier Predicts the Next Opponent for Nate Diaz

Published 01/23/2021, 1:09 PM EST
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Nate Diaz of the United States enters the ring for his fight 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)


Nate Diaz is set to make a return to the UFC Octagon in lightweight. Diaz hasn’t competed in the weight class since his win over Michael Johnson in 2015. But it looks like the Stockton native will finally return to the 155 lbs division in 2021.

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With a superstar like him coming back to the weight class, there will be no shortage of opponents willing to do the honor of welcoming him back.

Daniel Cormier recently spoke to Helen Yee about the younger Diaz brother’s possible opponent next. The former two-division champion said, “Yeah, Nate Diaz’s is out there too. Look, Nate Diaz is a celebrity. He is a star. Yeah. You know, I always speak to his ability to draw people in calling them box office. He’s massive, and he gets to pick a shot still.

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“You don’t get to just call for an ad. So if you’re Dan hooker, and you what you hear Nate Diaz go, Hey, Dan hookers, got some juice. You start to celebrate because you are staring down the barrel of one of the biggest fights you can look at you could ever get it unless you’re fighting for a championship.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Nate Diaz of the United States has blood washed off his face during the Welterweight “BMF” championship bout against Jorge Masvidal of the United States in UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

It’s true Diaz has done his bit to establish himself as one of the biggest draws in the UFC. So, any fighter will like to stand across the Octagon against him. Even Conor McGregor is interested to complete his trilogy against Diaz at lightweight, as his coach hinted in an interview with Ariel Helwani.

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Nate Diaz hasn’t competed in the UFC since 2019

Diaz ended his 3-year long hiatus at UFC 241 against Anthony Pettis. He then fought Jorge Masvidal for the BMF belt at UFC 244. Diaz lost the bout as doctors called a stop to the contest due to a gash over his eye.

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)

Who Diaz fights upon his return will be seen. But fans have started speculating about a possible opponent already. Who should he fight when he eventually returns? Let us know below.

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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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