UFC legend Nate Diaz fought three times in eight months in 2015/2016, sensationally shocking the world in March with a victory over Conor McGregor. We’re yet to witness Nate inside the octagon in 2017 sadly, however the Stockton fighter did reveal that may be soon to change.
It has been well documented by now that Nate sees himself as a valuable asset to the UFC. Despite this however, the UFC doesn’t seem to agree as they are unwilling to meet the younger Diaz’s demands.
Nate hasn’t stepped foot inside the octagon in almost a year now after his majority decision defeat to lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
Younger brother of Nick, Nate has been holding out for either this rematch or a highly lucrative fight to lure him into a return. However, neither of these opportunities have presented themselves as of yet.
Reports emerged earlier this summer of some financial disagreements between Nate Diaz and his agent. The reports suggested that Nate could lose up to one million dollars in this legal battle.
This may be a factor in an apparent change of heart by Nate. When asked recently about his return to the octagon, his answer was a little different to usual.
“Time will tell, we’ll see what happens in the coming months, I’m sure I’ll be in there sooner rather than later but for now, I’m taking the Summer off, hanging out and checking up on some things.”
This news will come as hugely encouraging to fans of the Diaz brothers. Nick doesn’t appear to have any interest in a return to the octagon. But now UFC fans can hold out hope for Nate.
What’s next for Nate is the interesting part, a completion of the trilogy doesn’t appear to be on the radar for Conor McGregor anytime soon.
Could we see Nate climb his way up the UFC lightweight rankings? Or perhaps the Stockton fighter could be used at welterweight, where Tyron Woodley appears to lack a number one contender right now.
Wherever Nate is found, one thing is guaranteed and that is entertainment.