Nate Diaz has never been one for putting too much effort into promotional work but he and his team have managed to excite fight-fans with a short, but exciting look into his ongoing training camp.
August 20, 2016. The last time that Nate stepped foot into the octagon and a date that marked the solidification of him as one of the sport of mixed martial arts’ biggest stars.
Once criticised by UFC president Dana White for not being a ‘needle-mover’ like his brother Nick, over the course of two incredible fights with Conor McGregor, the mainstream world had been introduced to the younger Diaz sibling.
And just like that, he vanished into the shadows – only to return in fleeting appearances under the UFC banner.
Of course, he was scheduled to take on Dustin Poirier at UFC 230 but now, with a matchup against Anthony Pettis drawing closer, barring any freak occurrences, we will see Nate make that walk for the first time in three years on August 17.
Taking to his official Instagram, Diaz posted a training compilation that is sure to get all of his fans fired up ahead of UFC 241’s co-main event.
Speaking about his motivations for taking the fight with Showtime, Diaz told ESPN‘s Ariel Helwani that Pettis’ take on their relationship and its dynamic is not one that he himself necessarily agrees with.
Citing the stylistic matchup as his true motivator, Nate gave credit to Pettis for his approach inside the octagon.
“It’s a guy I actually enjoy watching over the rest of these fighters. Everyone is getting boring, the fight game.
“If I’m going to take part in any fights, I want a fight that is interesting to not only me but to the fight fan.
“If I’m a fight fan I want to see an interesting fight, not a boring fight.” (via Express.co.uk)
With UFC 240 now behind us, in just three short weeks, one of the year’s most electric fight-cards will take place and in Diaz, we will find out exactly how ready he is for this return, three years removed from his last outing.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena