Nate Diaz Adds An Exciting New Member To His Team Ahead Of UFC 263

Published 06/06/2021, 8:29 AM EDT
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 will make his return inside the octagon after a two-year layoff at UFC 263. He will go up against the #3 ranked welterweight contender Leon Edwards. Ahead of UFC 263, Diaz adds an exciting new member to his team.

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Diaz welcomed his old friend Gilbert Melendez to his new gym for fight preparations. It was revealed in the UFC 263 countdown series of Edwards vs. Diaz.

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In the UFC 263 countdown, Melendez had great things to say about his old friend Diaz.

‘El Nino’ said – “To fight a guy no one is really looking forward to fight, Leon Edwards, says a lot about Nate. This guy is a tough guy. He is fast, has some kicks, good clinch, good elbow, nothing Nate hasn’t ever seen. You know, Nate’s a fighter. He’s trying to conclude the fight, win or lose”.

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How will training with Gilbert Melendez help Nate Diaz?

Melendez is a former two-time Strikeforce lightweight champion and a former UFC lightweight title challenger. He has a spectacular professional MMA record of 22-8 (W-L). Out of his 22 victories, Melendez has claimed 12 of them via T/KO. 

Melendez has defeated several elite MMA athletes in his professional MMA career. ‘El Nino’ holds notable victories over elite fighters such as Jorge Masvidal, Clay Guida, Diego Sanchez, and more.

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It’s clear by now that Melendez himself is an elite MMA athlete. Training and sparring with an elite athlete throughout the training camp will help any fighter get better.

It’s safe to say that Diaz wants to make a great comeback at UFC 263 after a two-year layoff. And training and sparring throughout the training camp with an elite MMA athlete such as Melendez is exactly what Diaz needs to achieve his goal.

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What do you make of Melendez’s thoughts on Diaz? Will adding ‘El Nino’ to his team help Diaz?

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Arman Khan

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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