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Nate Diaz
Nate Diaz Oct 2019.jpg
Nate Diaz in 2017
BornNathan Donald Diaz
(1985-04-16) April 16, 1985 (age 35)
Stockton, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)[1]
DivisionLightweight (2004–2010, 2011–2015)
Welterweight (2010–2011, 2016–present)
Reach76 in (193 cm)[1]
StanceSouthpaw
Fighting out ofStockton, California, U.S.
TeamCesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
TrainerRichard Perez (Boxing)
Cesar Gracie (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu)
Rank2nd degree[2] black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Cesar Gracie[3][4]
Years active2004–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total32
Wins20
By knockout5
By submission11
By decision4
Losses12
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision9
Notable relativesNick Diaz (brother
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Nathan Donald Diaz (born April 16, 1985) is an American professional mixed martial artist, currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Diaz is the younger brother of former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion, WEC Welterweight Champion, and IFC Welterweight Champion, Nick Diaz. Prior to signing with the UFC, Diaz competed in World Extreme Cagefighting, Strikeforce, and Pancrase. He has been in the UFC since winning The Ultimate Fighter 5. Diaz is tied with Joe Lauzon for the second most UFC bonus awards, with 15 in total.[6] Nate Diaz, along with Conor McGregor, held the record for the highest UFC pay-per-view buy rate for their contest at UFC 202, until it was broken by UFC 229's buyrate.[7] As of September 1, 2020, he is #13 in the UFC welterweight rankings.[8]

Background

Diaz was born and raised in Stockton, California with his brother Nick Diaz and he went to Tokay High School. At the age of 11, he began training in martial arts with his brother, Nick.

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Prior to the UFC, Diaz competed mainly for World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC). In 2006, at WEC 24, he fought for the WEC Lightweight Championship against then-champion Hermes Franca, losing by submission in the second round. This was the last event held by WEC before it was acquired by Zuffa, LLC, then-parent company of the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

The Ultimate Fighter 5

Diaz was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 5, which exclusively featured lightweights, fighting on Jens Pulver's team. In the preliminary round, Diaz defeated Rob Emerson by submission; in the quarterfinals he defeated fellow Team Pulver teammate Corey Hill via triangle choke submission in the first round. In the semifinals, Diaz defeated Team Penn member Gray Maynard by submission, advancing to the finals, in which he faced teammate Manvel Gamburyan. Diaz won by submission after Gamburyan was forced to tap out in the second round due to the dislocation of his right shoulder as the result of attempting a takedown.[9] With the victory, Diaz won The Ultimate Fighter 5.[10]

2008

After defeating Alvin Robinson and Junior Assunção via submission, Diaz demanded tougher opponents. He was given a match with Kurt Pellegrino at UFC Fight Night 13. Diaz defeated Pellegrino via triangle-choke submission in the second round. As he locked up the choke, Diaz had time to flex for the crowd and throw up double middle fingers before Pellegrino submitted. Diaz defeated veteran Josh Neer by split decision in the main event of UFC Fight Night 15.

2009

Diaz then fought former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Clay Guida at UFC 94: St. Pierre vs. Penn 2, losing via split decision. Guida used his wrestling to take Diaz down multiple times. Guida won via split decision, marking Diaz's first loss in the UFC, in what was also his pay per view debut.

Diaz met fellow Ultimate Fighter winner and former King of the Cage Welterweight Champion Joe Stevenson at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale. Stevenson took Diaz down at will throughout the 3 rounds and Diaz lost by unanimous decision.

After two consecutive losses by decision, Diaz was billed to headline UFC Fight Night 19 opposite Melvin Guillard. Diaz won by submission to a guillotine choke at 2:30 of round 2.

2010

Diaz faced Gray Maynard on January 11, 2010, in the main event at UFC Fight Night 20, a rematch from when the two met in the semi-finals of the TUF 5 lightweight tournament, which Diaz won. Diaz lost a controversial split decision to Maynard, as the former TUF winner was given the nod in the FightMetric reports, winning rounds two and three.[11][12]

After three losses in four fights, Nate considered making a permanent move up in weight to the 170 lb. weight class, stating "I don't make enough money to have to drop this much weight so I'd like to fight at 170 and only go to 155 every once in a while."[13]

Diaz made his Welterweight debut on March 27, 2010, at UFC 111 against Miletich Fighting Systems product and striking specialist Rory Markham.[14] At the weigh-ins, Markham weighed in at 177, whereas Diaz weighed in at the Welterweight limit of 171; the fight was changed to a catchweight fight. Diaz went on to win the fight by TKO in the first round.

After the win over Markham, Diaz stated he would compete in both weight classes. His next fight was again at Welterweight against former professional boxer Marcus Davis on August 28, 2010 at UFC 118.[15] Diaz finished Davis after choking him unconscious with a guillotine choke submission in the final round; the bout earned Fight of the Night honors.

2011

Diaz next faced South Korean fighter Dong Hyun Kim, on January 1, 2011, at UFC 125.[16] Diaz lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Diaz fought Rory MacDonald on April 30, 2011, at UFC 129.[17] Diaz was unable to mount much significant offense and lost via unanimous decision. Following the loss, Diaz stated that he would be moving back down to the lightweight division.[18]

Diaz defeated former PRIDE Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi on September 24, 2011, at UFC 135 via armbar submission in the first round.[19] He earned Submission of the Night honors for his performance.[20]

Diaz defeated Donald Cerrone at UFC 141[21] via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, and 29–28) in a performance that earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.[22] Despite being knocked off of his feet multiple times by sweeping leg kicks from Cerrone, Diaz had one of the best performances of his career. Diaz set a CompuStrike record, landing 82% of the strikes he threw en route to his victory over Cerrone.[23]

2012

Diaz, after several years of training, finally received his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt from Cesar Gracie.[24] He was awarded his black belt a month before his fight with fellow Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Jim Miller.

Diaz next faced Jim Miller on May 5, 2012, at UFC on Fox 3.[25] Diaz outboxed Miller for the majority of the first two rounds, even dropping Miller with a straight left at the end of the first round. Near the end of round two, Miller shot in for a takedown, to which Diaz stuffed and countered with a rolling guillotine choke, forcing the tap at 4:09 of the second round. The submission won Diaz his fifth Submission of the Night bonus award.[26] It was also the first time Miller had been stopped in his MMA career.[27]

Diaz faced Benson Henderson on December 8, 2012, at UFC on Fox 5 in the main event for the UFC Lightweight Championship.[28] Diaz lost the one-sided bout via unanimous decision.[29] Three weeks prior to the championship bout, Diaz signed an eight-fight contract with UFC.[30]

2013

Diaz faced former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson on April 20, 2013, at UFC on Fox 7. He lost the fight via TKO due to a head kick and punches, during which Nate's brother, Nick Diaz physically threw a towel into the octagon, in an attempt to signal the referee to end the bout.[31][32] On May 16, 2013, Diaz was suspended by the UFC for violating the UFC's code of conduct by using a homophobic slur on his Twitter page. The UFC expressed their disappointment and suspended him;[33] he was eventually suspended for 90 days and fined $20,000.[34]

A rubber match with Gray Maynard took place on November 30, 2013 in the main event at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale.[35] Diaz won via TKO in the first round.[36] The stoppage earned him his first Knockout of the Night bonus.[37]

2014

On May 5, 2014, both Nate Diaz and fellow UFC fighter TJ Grant were removed from the UFC's lightweight rankings after being deemed inactive by the UFC.[38]

After over a year away from the sport, Diaz returned from his self-imposed hiatus and faced Rafael Dos Anjos on December 13, 2014 at UFC on Fox 13.[39] Diaz missed weight, coming in at 160.6 pounds. He was given additional time to make the lightweight limit, and cut down to 155.2. However, he was still fined 20 percent of his purse, which went to Rafael dos Anjos. Diaz, who seemed unmotivated and annoyed for most of the fight, lost the one-sided fight via unanimous decision (30–26, 30–26, and 30–27).[40]

2015

Diaz was briefly linked to a welterweight bout with Matt Brown on July 11, 2015 at UFC 189.[41] However, in mid-April, Brown announced that the pairing had been scrapped.[42]

After sitting out again for over a year, Diaz returned to face Michael Johnson on December 19, 2015 at UFC on Fox 17.[43] He won the fight by unanimous decision after putting forth an absolute boxing clinic over Johnson and went on to give one of the most infamous post-fight interviews in UFC history, where he called out Conor McGregor by saying "you're taking everything I work for, motherfucker, and I'ma fight your fucking ass" on live broadcast television.[44] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.[45]

2016

Diaz was set as a replacement to face Conor McGregor on March 5, 2016 at UFC 196, filling in for an injured Rafael dos Anjos.[46] With Diaz only having eleven days notice, the fight took place at welterweight (170 lbs) due to lack of time to cut weight.[47] Diaz won the fight via submission in the second round.[48] This gave Diaz his ninth submission victory in the UFC, tied for the second-most all-time behind only Royce Gracie. Both fighters were awarded Fight of the Night honors and Diaz was also awarded with the Performance of the Night bonus.[49]

A rematch with McGregor was scheduled for July 9, 2016 at UFC 200.[50][51] However, on April 19, the UFC announced that McGregor had been pulled from the event after failing to fulfill media obligations in Las Vegas related to the fight.[52] In turn, the fight with McGregor was rescheduled and took place the following month, contested again at welterweight, at UFC 202.[53] Diaz lost the rematch via majority decision.[54] The contest was once again awarded Fight of the Night honors.[55]

At the UFC 202 post fight press conference, Diaz violated the USADA rule by smoking CBD, Cannabidiol, vape pen within four hours after a fight. He was not sanctioned as CBD is not considered a PED. USADA changed their rules and lifted CBD from the banned list not long after.[56]

2018

After a two-year long layoff, it was announced on August 3, 2018, that Diaz was expected to return on November 3 against Dustin Poirier in a lightweight bout. This bout was expected to serve as the co-headliner of UFC 230.[57] However, on October 9, 2018, it was announced that Poirier pulled out due to injury and as a result the bout was canceled.[58]

2019

Nate Diaz returned to competition on August 17 at UFC 241. He faced Anthony Pettis in a welterweight bout which served as the co-main event.[59] With a dominant performance, he won the fight by unanimous decision.[60]

Diaz faced Jorge Masvidal on November 2, 2019 in the main event of UFC 244.[61] In a unique situation, UFC President Dana White confirmed that the headlining bout was for a celebratory "baddest motherfucker" (‘BMF’) belt.[62] Masvidal won the fight via technical knockout via doctor stoppage between rounds three and four when the cage-side physician determined a cut over Diaz's right eye rendered him unable to continue.[63]

Personal life

Diaz's brother Nick Diaz is also a professional MMA fighter fighting under UFC.[56] Both Diaz brothers are advocates for cannabis and even have a licensed line of marijuana pre-rolls made by California Finest.[64][65][66][67] They currently run a Brazilian jiu-jitsu school in Stockton, California, Nick Diaz Academy and founded a CBD company Game Up Nutrition.[68] He has been primarily vegan since he was 18,[69][70] but admits to eating fish from time to time.[71] On June 20, 2018, it was announced that Diaz's girlfriend had given birth to their daughter.[72]

Awards, records, and honors

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
32 matches 20 wins 12 losses
By knockout 5 2
By submission 11 1
By decision 4 9
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 20–12 Jorge Masvidal TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 244 November 2, 2019 3 5:00 New York City, New York, United States For the symbolic UFC BMF Championship
Win 20–11 Anthony Pettis Decision (unanimous) UFC 241 August 17, 2019 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Loss 19–11 Conor McGregor Decision (majority) UFC 202 August 20, 2016 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 19–10 Conor McGregor Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 196 March 5, 2016 2 4:12 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Welterweight. Performance of the Night. Fight of the Night.
Win 18–10 Michael Johnson Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2 December 19, 2015 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 17–10 Rafael dos Anjos Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic December 13, 2014 3 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Catchweight (160.5 lbs) bout; Diaz missed weight.
Win 17–9 Gray Maynard TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate Finale November 30, 2013 1 2:38 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Knockout of the Night.
Loss 16–9 Josh Thomson TKO (head kick and punches) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez April 20, 2013 2 3:44 San Jose, California, United States
Loss 16–8 Benson Henderson Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz December 8, 2012 5 5:00 Seattle, Washington, United States For the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Win 16–7 Jim Miller Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller May 5, 2012 2 4:09 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States Submission of the Night.
Win 15–7 Donald Cerrone Decision (unanimous) UFC 141 December 30, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 14–7 Takanori Gomi Submission (armbar) UFC 135 September 24, 2011 1 4:27 Denver, Colorado, United States Return to Lightweight. Submission of the Night.
Loss 13–7 Rory MacDonald Decision (unanimous) UFC 129 April 30, 2011 3 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Loss 13–6 Dong Hyun Kim Decision (unanimous) UFC 125 January 1, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–5 Marcus Davis Technical Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 118 August 28, 2010 3 4:02 Boston, Massachusetts, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 12–5 Rory Markham TKO (punches) UFC 111 March 27, 2010 1 2:47 Newark, New Jersey, United States Welterweight debut; Markham missed weight (177 lbs).
Loss 11–5 Gray Maynard Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs. Diaz January 11, 2010 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Win 11–4 Melvin Guillard Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard September 16, 2009 2 2:13 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States Submission of the Night.
Loss 10–4 Joe Stevenson Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom Finale June 20, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 10–3 Clay Guida Decision (split) UFC 94 January 31, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 10–2 Josh Neer Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer September 17, 2008 3 5:00 Omaha, Nebraska, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 9–2 Kurt Pellegrino Submission (triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon April 2, 2008 2 3:06 Broomfield, Colorado, United States Submission of the Night.
Win 8–2 Alvin Robinson Submission (triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Swick vs. Burkman January 23, 2008 1 3:39 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Submission of the Night.
Win 7–2 Junior Assunção Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Thomas vs. Florian September 19, 2007 1 4:10 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–2 Manvel Gamburyan TKO (shoulder injury) The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale June 23, 2007 2 0:20 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won The Ultimate Fighter 5 Lightweight Tournament.
Loss 5–2 Hermes França Submission (armbar) WEC 24 October 12, 2006 2 2:46 Lemoore, California, United States For the WEC Lightweight Championship.
Win 5–1 Dennis Davis Submission (americana) Warrior Cup 1 August 12, 2006 1 2:00 Stockton, California, United States Won the inaugural WC Lightweight Championship.
Win 4–1 Joe Hurley Submission (triangle choke) WEC 21 June 15, 2006 2 2:03 Highland, California, United States Catchweight (160 lbs) bout.
Win 3–1 Gilbert Rael TKO (punches) WEC 20 May 5, 2006 1 3:35 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 2–1 Tony Juares TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie March 10, 2006 1 3:23 San Jose, California, United States
Loss 1–1 Koji Oishi Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: 2005 Neo-Blood Tournament Finals August 27, 2005 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1–0 Alejandro Garcia Submission (triangle choke) WEC 12 October 21, 2004 3 2:17 Lemoore, California, United States

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Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3–0 Gray Maynard Submission (guillotine choke) The Ultimate Fighter 5 June 14, 2007 (air date) 2 1:17 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 5 semi-final.
Win 2–0 Corey Hill Submission (triangle choke) June 7, 2007 (air date) 1 3:02 TUF 5 quarterfinal.
Win 1–0 Rob Emerson Submission (rear-naked choke) April 19, 2007 (air date) 2 4:45 TUF 5 elimination round.

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Pay-per-view bouts

Event Fight Date Venue City PPV buys
UFC 196 McGregor vs. Diaz 5 March 2016 MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. 1,317,000[80]
UFC 202 Diaz vs. McGregor 2 20 August 2016 T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. 1,650,000[81]
Total sales 2,967,000

See also

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