When Dana White posts something on his Twitter it usually makes it true, but it looks like the words “Done Deal” does not really mean done. Nate Diaz only has one fight left on his contract, and is the current number one contender to the lightweight title. With the 155 belt on the line this weekend, he could have his title fight by the end of the year. The UFC doesn’t allow fighters a chance at the belt unless they are guaranteed to be fighting for the organization at the time. While Nate’s manager Caesar Gracie does say that most of the terms of the agreement are in line, there is just one sticking point, the amount of fights. Usually fighters are signed to a four fight contract, but the UFC wants Nate for more. The amount of fights has not been disclosed, but it’s sure to be quite a long contract given Nate’s recent performances.
Diaz opened his UFC career with five straight wins at 155, with four of them being finishes. Then after going 1-3 with losses to Clay Guida, Joe Stevenson, and Gray Maynard, Nate decided a jump should be made. He went up to welterweight and destroyed Rory Markham and Marcus Davis. After a loss to rising star Rory MacDonald, Diaz decided going back to lightweight was the best idea. He was proved right after finishing Takanori Gomi and Jim Miller, as well as getting a decision win over Donald Cerrone. That streak granted Diaz his shot at the title, and after this weekend, he will have an opponent and hopefully a new contract.