AEW Star Sammy Guevara and Carlito React to the Brave Performance of Nate Diaz at UFC 263

Published 06/13/2021, 8:50 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Nate Diaz stands in his corner prior to his welterweight bout for the BMF title against Jorge Masvidal during the UFC 244 event at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


At UFC 263, Nate Diaz made his highly awaited return to the octagon. Two years after his last fight, Diaz fell to Leon Edwards but put on a wonderful display. Two of wrestling’s most recognisable names, Carlito and Sammy Guevara, from WWE and AEW reacted to Diaz’s huge return and loss.

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Sammy Guevara and Carlito praise Nate Diaz

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – NOVEMBER 05: Nate Diaz watches as teammate Chris Avila of the United States enters the Octagon before facing Enrique Barzola of Peru in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on November 5, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Nate Diaz went five rounds with Leon Edwards at UFC 263, shocking a large section of MMA fans. Seeing Logan Paul go eight rounds with Floyd Mayweather left an unpleasant taste in our mouths. But seeing Diaz return and go five rounds with Edwards had people smiling.

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Two wrestling stars who reacted to the fight were former superstar Carlito and the future of AEW, Sammy Guevara. While Carlito’s influence in MMA is relatively obscure, we know Sammy Guevara loves the UFC. The Inner Circle member appeared at UFC 261 in Miami to witness Kamaru Usman beat Jorge Masvidal.

Carlito cited a wrestling term and applied it to Diaz, claiming he looked good even in defeat. His analysis is apt, as Diaz came out of that fight more popular than when he walked into it. He had his doubters, but Diaz proved them wrong with a superb performance in his first fight for two years.

Guevara also praised Diaz, calling him ‘the GOAT’. Let’s see what’s next for Guevara, alongside AEW’s GOAT Chris Jericho. Will Guevara rise to the level of a Jericho or Diaz, or will he remain a mid-carder in AEW?

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Sammy at the center of faction warfare

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At AEW Double or Nothing, Sammy Guevara picked up the biggest win of his lifetime. Stadium Stampede ended with Guevara pinning Shawn Spears off a beautiful 630 splash after surviving multiple chair shots from the Chairman.

Even though the win was definitive, the faction warfare hasn’t ended. Chris Jericho and MJF haven’t settled their differences, and a singles match between the two could be coming. However. if there’s any man who should come out of this feud looking like a bed of roses, it is Sammy.

MJF and Guevara are the future of AEW, and they’re guaranteed future AEW World Champions. Ideally a singles rivalry between Guevara and MJF would make sense, given how MJF got him kicked out of the Inner Circle. However, the future may hold a different path to success for the young Texan.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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