VIDEO: 17-Year-Old Blonde Nate Diaz Showed the World ‘The OG Stockton Slap’ Against Remarkably Oversized Opponent in a Bare Knuckle Fight

Published 08/24/2022, 10:30 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/ via Getty Images)

Nate Diaz is a certified UFC superstar. The fighter, over the years, has had a massive fan following all thanks to his carefree personality and fan-friendly fighting style. The 37-year-old fought his first fight when he was just 17.

With the same slender stature, it’s the blonde hair that stood out the most.

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Nate Diaz in his First Fight

The fight saw Diaz go up against a considerably larger opponent, who also seemed like he was elder to the Stockton native. In the early moments of the fight, the famous Stockton slap was on display. The fight was taking place on an open mat. Diaz, after a small feel-out process, shot a takedown. 

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His opponent, though, was quick to grab Diaz’s neck and attempted a guillotine. The 17-year-old displayed great defensive skills and didn’t fall into his opponent’s guard. 

The Californian gained side control and immediately jumped to mount. After a few Stockton slaps from the mount, Diaz grabbed his opponent’s arm and locked an arm bar. Although this fight was not an official bout, Diaz showcased skills that guaranteed his success in the future.

Official MMA Debut

Nate Diaz made his official MMA debut in 2004 against Alejandro Garcia at WEC 12. He won that fight via submission due to a triangle choke. Almost 3 years later, Diaz would win The Ultimate fighter and join the UFC.

In the UFC, Diaz has challenged for the UFC lightweight title once, against Benson Henderson. The contender fell short on the occasion and lost the fight via unanimous decision. 

UFC 196 and Beyond

Diaz was always loved by the fans, but he reached the pinnacle of his success and fandom when he faced Conor McGregor at UFC 196. Diaz was a replacement for Rafael dos Anjos, who was originally set to face McGregor. Nate Diaz took the fight on short notice and, to everyone’s surprise, submitted the Irish in the second round. 

In one of the most memorable moments of the UFC, Joe Rogan complimented Diaz and said in the post-match interview, “Nate Diaz, you just shook up the world. How does that feel” Diaz being Diaz, replied, “Ayy! I’m not surprised m**herfu**ers”

The pair met in a rematch at UFC 202, where McGregor won a close decision over Diaz. 

 

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Nate Diaz has also contested for a symbolic BMF belt against Jorge Masvidal. Both of them headlined the UFC 244 card and delivered an instant classic. The fight was abruptly stopped by the doctors after Diaz had suffered swelling above his eyes. 

Nate Diaz has been in the UFC for almost 15 years. Despite having spent such a long time with the company, the relationship between the two has been rocky. Diaz has also had his fair share of differences with the UFC President, Dana White. 

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Now in the last fight of his UFC contract, Diaz is set to face Khamzat Chimaev. Many are considering it an unfair matchup and fans believe Diaz to be the underdog. 

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Do you think Nate Diaz stands a chance against Khamzat Chimaev? 

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Afshan Khan

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Afshan Khan is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his graduation in Mass Communication, Afshan pursued his passion for Sports, especially MMA, and transcended it into his profession. He has been following the sport for the past 6 years, and with his nuanced knowledge and his content; he wants to attract more fans to the sport.

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