Nate Diaz Diet: Is He a Vegan?

Published 06/10/2021, 6:19 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 Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Nate Diaz will return to action this weekend at UFC 263 to fight Leon Edwards in the first-ever non-title non-main event five-round fight in the promotion’s history.

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Ahead of the historical fight, we look at the diet of Diaz, who is a long-time vegan. His brother Nick brought him into the vegan lifestyle. In an age where most of the UFC fighters overly depend on meat, it’s surprising that one of the toughest fighters doesn’t consume meat.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 19: Nate Diaz poses on the scale during the UFC 202 weigh-in at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on August 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

In fact, Nate doesn’t even consume any dairy poultry products. He is mostly dependent on plant-based foods and seldom eats eggs. It all started after one of his fights. He consumed nothing other than a vegan diet before the fight. But after the contest, he was enjoying himself with cheese and other foods. That left him feeling uncomfortable for over a month.

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Hence, Diaz decided that enough is enough. He believes he doesn’t need meat in his diet and there’s no craving on his part for meat or other such products.

“Who’s the real beast? [Eating predominantly raw and vegan] is more savvy and animalistic than anything. If anything, meat’s gonna slow you down,” said Diaz to Men’s Journal.

Nate Diaz explains how his brother Nick influenced him to be vegan

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Like most things in Nate’s life, Nick influenced him in taking up a vegan diet too. The former Strikeforce champion himself follows a vegan diet. His little brother followed in his footsteps.

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“Me and my brother are at the top of the game and have been for a long time. We’re obviously doing something right,” said Diaz. “Besides knowing how to kick somebody in the head, you should know how to feel good tomorrow,” he further added.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 20: (L-R) Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor of Ireland embrace after finishing five rounds in their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

It’s truly fascinating to see two of the toughest fighters in the history of the sport take up veganism. No doubt their methods have repaid them. Will Diaz‘s diet help the 36-year-old have an advantage over Edwards despite having not fought for almost two years.

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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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