Nate Diaz back in UFC, comes to terms after contract dispute
The on-again, off-again relationship between the UFC and lightweight standout Nate Diaz is now….on-again.
It seems both parties have come to some common terms and the UFC’s first show in Arizona on December 13 now has a co-main event, as Diaz will compete for the first time since November of 2013 against number three-ranked lightweight contender Rafael Dos Anjos.
The event at Phoenix’s US Airways Centeris headlined by the heavyweight bout between Junior Dos Santos and Stipe Miocic.
Winner of seven of his last eight bouts, Brazil’s Dos Anjos is showing the best form of his career at the moment, and while he’s primarily known for his ground game, he’s shown knockout power in his 2014 finishes of Jason High and former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson.
Equally dangerous in all aspects of MMA is Stockton’s Diaz, a fan favorite who has left the Octagon with his hand raised in four of his last six bouts. Coming off a Knockout of the Night win over Gray Maynard last November, Diaz’ return to the Octagon is sure to be one of the biggest stories of the fall.
His elder brother Nick will square up against Anderson ‘the Spider’ Silva in February in an equally anticipated return.