Ever since he lost to Conor McGregor back in August, people have been asking when we would see Nate Diaz in the octagon again.
It seems UFC President Dana White may have offered some hope to the many fans of the Stockton, California born fighter. As in an interview with USA Today, Dana confirmed that the premier MMA promotion have indeed offered the younger Diaz brother a fight.
Nate hasn’t been seen in the octagon since August, when he lost the close decision against current UFC Lightweight Champion, Conor McGregor.
Diaz has famously said in the past he wouldn’t accept another UFC fight unless it is a big money fight, and a trilogy fight against the Irishman, and with news that he has recently applied for a boxing license in Nevada, could this mean that Nate will follow his brother Nick’s example and turn down a UFC fight offer.
In the same interview, Dana also confirmed that they had offered Nick two fights, and that he had turned down both offers.
Nick of course has just returned from a reduced suspension for testing positive for marijuana, and has been seen octagon side at a couple of recent UFC events.
We haven’t seen Nick in the octagon since January 2015, because of the suspension, but his last three fights where against three very tough opponents. With a loss against Carlos Condit and Georges St-Pierre, his last fight saw an overturned decision against Anderson Silva.
The fights that White said where offered to the older Diaz brother were equally impressive, as it looks like he has turned down fights against former welterweight champ Robbie Lawler and the fighter who could be next in line after a winner between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson has been decided, Demian Maia.
You would like to think that if Nick had taken either fight, he would have been propelled in to the top 5 rankings, and within a shout of getting a future shot, but Dana did not elaborate as to why the fights had been turned down.
However Nate has yet to give an answer as to whether he would accept the fight or not, and no doubt rumors will circulate as to who it could be against, as White didn’t give a name. But if the names offered to his brother are any indication, I can only speculate at this time that it could possibly be the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, or even a bout against former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, or even Rafael Dos Anjos, any of which could set up perfectly a trilogy fight with the man everyone wants in Conor McGregor.