Nate Diaz. Source: The Daily Express

Nate Diaz is a professional MMA fighter from the United States who is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

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Early life

Diaz, along with his brother Nick Diaz, was born and reared in Stockton, California to a Mexican-American family. He went to Tokay High School and began martial arts training with his brother, Nick when he was 11 years old.

Career

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Diaz primarily competed for World Extreme Cagefighting before joining the UFC (WEC). He challenged for the WEC Lightweight Championship against then-champion Hermes França at WEC 24 in 2006, losing by submission in the second round. This was the WEC’s final event before being purchased by Zuffa, LLC, the parent organisation of the UFC.

The Ultimate Fighter 5

Diaz competed on The Ultimate Fighter 5, which featured only lightweights, and fought for Jens Pulver’s squad. Diaz defeated Rob Emerson by submission in the preliminary round; in the quarterfinals, he defeated fellow Team Pulver partner Corey Hill through triangle choke submission in the first round.

Nate Diaz defeated Team Penn member Gray Maynard via submission in the semifinals, advancing to the finals, where he fought teammate Manvel Gamburyan. He won by submission after Gamburyan was forced to tap out in the second round due to a dislocated right shoulder from trying a takedown.  Diaz won The Ultimate Fighter 5 with the victory.

Nate Diaz expected tougher opponents after submitting Alvin Robinson and Junior Assunço. At UFC Fight Night 13, he was paired with Kurt Pellegrino. Diaz defeated Pellegrino in the second round with a triangle choke submission. He had time to flex for the crowd and toss up double middle fingers as he locked up the choke before Pellegrino submitted. Diaz then won a split decision over veteran Josh Neer in the main event of UFC Fight Night 15.

Nate Diaz then lost a split decision against former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Clay Guida at UFC 94: St. Pierre vs. Penn 2. Guida utilised his wrestling skills to take Diaz down several times. Guida won by split decision, handing Diaz his first loss in the UFC on his pay-per-view debut.

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At The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale, Diaz met fellow Ultimate Fighter victor and former King of the Cage Welterweight Champion Joe Stevenson. Stevenson dominated Diaz throughout the three rounds, and Diaz was defeated by unanimous decision.

2011

Nate Diaz faced South Korean fighter, Dong Hyun Kim, at UFC 125 on January 1, 2011. He was defeated by a unanimous decision.

Diaz fought Rory MacDonald at UFC 129 on April 30, 2011. He was unable to generate any meaningful offence and was defeated by a unanimous decision. Diaz announced after the loss that he would be returning to the lightweight class.

Nate Diaz defeated former PRIDE Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi in the first round of UFC 135 on September 24, 2011. For his performance, he was named Submission of the Night.

Face off with McGregor

Diaz returned to the octagon on December 19, 2015, to face Michael Johnson at UFC on Fox 17. He won the fight by unanimous decision after putting on an absolute boxing clinic against Johnson, and he went on to give one of the most infamous post-fight interviews in UFC history, in which he called out Conor McGregor on live broadcast television, saying “you’re taking everything I work for, motherfucker, and I’ma fight your fucking ass” Both contestants were named Fight of the Night.

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Diaz was scheduled to face Conor McGregor at UFC 196 on March 5, 2016, filling in for an injured Rafael dos Anjos. Due to Diaz’s short notice (eleven days), the bout was held at welterweight (170 pounds) due to a lack of time to cut weight. Diaz won the fight through second-round submission. Diaz now has nine submission victories in the UFC, which ties him for second all-time behind only Royce Gracie.

A rematch with McGregor was scheduled for UFC 200 on July 9, 2016. However, the UFC stated on April 19 that McGregor had been removed from the event due to failing to complete media commitments in Las Vegas relating to the bout. As a result, the fight with McGregor was rescheduled for the following month, at UFC 202, at welterweight. Diaz was defeated by a majority decision in the rematch.

2021

Diaz was slated to face Leon Edwards in a co-headliner at UFC 262 on May 15, 2021, marking the first time a non-main event and non-title bout had been scheduled for 5 rounds. However, because of Diaz’s slight injury, the fight was moved to UFC 263 and ended up lasting five rounds as well. Edwards had the upper hand for the majority of the fight, but Diaz managed to damage Edwards seriously with blows late in the fifth round. Edwards withstood the attack and won the fight by unanimous decision.

Records

Since winning The Ultimate Fighter 5, he has been a member of the UFC. Diaz is tied for the second most UFC bonus awards (15) with Joe Lauzon. Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor held the record for the greatest UFC pay-per-view buy rate for their fight at UFC 202 until it was broken by the buy rate at UFC 229.

Professional record breakdown
33 matches20 wins13 losses
By knockout52
By submission111
By decision410
Professional record breakdown

Personal life

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Diaz’s brother, Nick Diaz, is also a professional MMA fighter who competes for the UFC. Both Diaz brothers are cannabis activists, and California Finest manufactures a licenced line of marijuana pre-rolls.

They currently run Nick Diaz Academy, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu school in Stockton, California, and established the CBD company Game Up Nutrition. He has been largely vegan since the age of 18, although admits to eating fish on occasion.

On June 20, 2018, Diaz’s girlfriend Misty Brown announced the birth of their daughter.

Rеаl Nаmе/Full NаmеNathan Donald Diaz
Nісk Nаmе/Сеlеbrаtеd NаmеNate Diaz
Віrth РlасеStockton, California, U.S.
Dаtе оf Віrth/ВіrthdауApril 16, 1985 
Аgе/Ноw Оld36 уеаrѕ оld
Неіght/Ноw Таll6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Wеіght170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Раrеntѕ NаmеFаthеr –(not disclosed)
Моthеr –Melissa Diaz
ЅіblіngѕNicholas Robert Diaz
NаtіоnаlіtуAmerican
Маrіtаl ЅtаtuѕDating
GіrlfrіеndMisty Brown
Кіdѕ/Сhіldrеn NаmеNikayla Diaz
РrоfеѕѕіоnUFC Fighter
Nеt Wоrth $8 million
Lаѕt UрdаtеdЈuly 2021

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