Anthony Pettis and Nate Diaz will serve as the co-main event for August’s UFC 241 in Anaheim according to UFC president Dana White.
In a twenty-four hour period that served up a clash between Tony Ferguson and Donald Cerrone as well as reports of a pairing of Brian Ortega and Zabit Magomedsharipov, it was always going to be tough to pull off the biggest shock of all.
And yet, UFC president Dana White decided to drop this almighty bombshell during the UFC 237 broadcast in Brazil.
Diaz vs Pettis co main event August 17th at 170lbs. in Anaheim pic.twitter.com/xZlPJwjy5e
— Dana White (@danawhite) May 12, 2019
Diaz, who has not been seen in action since August of 2016, was paired up for a matchup with Dustin Poirier at UFC 230 but as we all know, that fight fell through due to an injury sustained by his opponent.
With his future still up in the air, fans will no doubt be understandably sceptical at this early stage but as things stand, it’s certainly good news on the Diaz-front – especially when you consider he recently turned in his first test-sample of the year to USADA.
The fight will apparently take place at welterweight – the last weight-class Nate fought in and also, against all odds, the home of Anthony Pettis’ most memorable win in years.
Facing the two-time former title-challenger Stephen Thompson, Pettis pulled off an incredible superman hook to seal the deal in brutal fashion in the second round and now, it seems as though he’s content to hang around 170lbs and take on an even more intriguing challenge.
We will keep you informed as this story unfolds.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena