Stockton icon and MMA superstar Nathan Diaz joined Ariel Helwani on Ariel Helwani’s MMA show for the first time since November 2019 to give the fans an update on where he is with regards to fighting, his future in the UFC and much more. Nate who last fought in a losing effort against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 had some interesting revelations to make, some of which were as intriguing as they were at times, slightly confusing.
After several weeks of talk about Nate’s return to lightweight from welterweight, including the affirmations of the UFC that Diaz would return to the division where he once challenged for the belt and hasn’t fought in, since late 2015, Nate finally decided to put all the rumors to bed.
Diaz was firm in his insistence that he would not return to the 155-pound division ever again and scoffed at the state of the division dubbing it as “dead” and stated that he would be interested in fights at all weight classes above that from catchweight fights at 165 pounds to middleweight fights at 185.
Diaz also proceeded to give his thoughts on potential future fights, and despite his insistence that he would not ever fight at lightweight ever again and would most likely stay at welterweight, Nate called out Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira and Dustin “the Diamond” Poirier, both of who are on excellent streaks at lightweight and are fresh off wins over lightweight top contenders Tony Ferguson and Conor Mcgregor respectively.
Nate insisted that he would be interested in a fight with either of these two fighters but was quick to dismiss the highly anticipated Mcgregor rubber match and believes that the UFC is trying to use him to bring Conor “back from the dead”, just as he believes the UFC did back in 2016, when they fought for the first time. Nate also dismissed a fight with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, another fight that fans, at one point anticipated would happen at some point in the future.
Diaz also stated that he would like to remain active like he once was, aiming for a comeback in April or May and wants to fight a minimum of two and a maximum of 4 times in 2021.