Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz teases return in late May, early June

The last time mixed martial arts fans saw Nate Diaz compete inside the octagon was at UFC 202 in August 2016 when he dropped a majority decision loss to Conor McGregor.

The fight was a rematch to their UFC 196 headliner which up until the second fight was the biggest selling pay-per-view in UFC history.  Diaz won the first fight with a rear-naked choke submission in the second round, and with the audiences that fight drew, it prompted the second fight later that year.

Earlier tonight Diaz teased a return and even hinted at a time frame.  Diaz took to Instagram where he posted:

“Sick of sitting around waiting for you fuckers to do shit there’s no excitement in this fight shit step your games up I’ll see u around May, June.

Sincerely The Real Champ”

Sick of sitting around waiting for you fuckers to do shit there’s no excitement in this fight shit step your games up I’ll see u around may,June. Sincerely The Real Champ 🖕🏼

181.2k Likes, 5,795 Comments – Nate Diaz (@natediaz209) on Instagram: “Sick of sitting around waiting for you fuckers to do shit there’s no excitement in this fight shit…”

With lightweight champion Conor McGregor not yet having a return date following his blockbuster boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr., last summer, Diaz has sort of been sitting on the sidelines.  After the money he made fighting Conor, why come back for a smaller pay day?

The talent pool at 155-pounds is rather deep these days.  Interim champion Tony Ferguson is set to battle Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 and there is still no official word as to whether or not that will be for Tony’s interim belt or if Conor will be stripped of the title.

If it is the latter, a trilogy bout with Diaz is a fighter that makes non only the most sense for McGregor, but also the most dollars.