Nate Diaz has officially ended his holdout and rejoined the UFC roster.
The proud Stockton, CA native will face Rafael Dos Anjos in a lightweight bout for his return December 13. The bout will serve as the show’s co-main event on the thirteenth installment of UFC on FOX at the US Airways Center in Phoenix.
Diaz earned an impressive victory in his last Octagon appearance, stopping Gray Maynard back in November 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale. But he would rail at his employer for what he felt was unfair treatment — particularly in terms of pay. He earned just $15,000 to show, and $15,000 to win.
Always outspoken, Diaz told Ariel Helwani, “I don’t get paid s—, and I’m about to tell the world.”
Diaz, who has Stockton’s area code of 209 drawn on his mouthpiece, all but invited the UFC to release him: “If I can get released, I can go fight somewhere and make some money.”
Diaz also took to social media to evince his frustration (and offer a quote from the classic mob film Goodfellas):
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) May 25, 2014
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) January 12, 2014
But (on the subject of gangster sagas), as Tony Montana in Scarface might say: “That’s history now.”
Diaz joins his brother Nick in setting the past aside and returning to the UFC. A winner of four of his last six bouts, Diaz boasts victories over the likes of Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller. His aggressive jiu-jitsu and boxing style has netted him a dozen post-fight bonuses, and earned him the second-most victories by submission (eight) in UFC history.
He faces a stern test in Rafael Dos Anjos, who scored a TKO victory over for UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson in his last Octagon appearance. The Rio de Jainero born-and-raised jiu-jitsu artist has recently showcased his striking, defeating both Henderson and Jason High with punches. He is a winner of seven of his last eight bouts and currently ranked #3 in the UFC official rankings.