Nate Diaz Set to Return to UFC, Faces Underdog Status

During a press for UFC 237 in Brazil this past weekend, UFC President Dana White dropped the bombshell that a welterweight bout between Anthony Pettis and Nate Diaz will co-headline UFC 241 on August 17 in Anaheim, California.

Nate Diaz to Return to UFC

This sent shockwaves through the MMA world as Nate Diaz hasn’t been seen in the UFC since his loss against Conor McGregor in their rematch - the first of which Diaz won - back in 2016 at UFC 202. He had been scheduled to fight now interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier last year, but Poirier suffered a hip injury, causing the fight to be cancelled.

Many are still sceptical that the second-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu Diaz will make it to the bout but it has been reported that the Younger Diaz brother has submitted his first samples of the year to be tested by USADA.

Who is Nate Diaz?

The fan favourite Nate Diaz is 34 years of age and has an MMA record of 19-11.

Diaz is expected to face Anthony Pettis, who earlier this year made his welterweight debut against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Pettis scored a highlight reel knockout of Wonderboy in the second round, earning him a performance of the night bonus.

Pettis has said he took no time to mull over the decision to agree to the fight with Diaz, stating that it will be personal and that he can’t wait to get his hands on him.

When will Diaz Fight Again?

UFC 241 takes place on Saturday, August 17. The card will be headlined by the much anticipated rematch between heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic. A middleweight bout between Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa is also expected after being delayed twice.

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