Octagon superhero Nate Diaz has been chilling on the sidelines for a while, enjoying the piles of money he made fighting Irish dandy Conor McGregor twice. As well he should be.
But the yearn to get back into the cage is a powerful one for the man who’d just as soon fight you as shake your hand, plus, the UFC really needs stars to move the needle, and that’s pretty much what Diaz is now. Though it’s tough to pin down who he might fight next – Tyron Woodley? Conor McGregor? Some other dude? – at least the talk around the water cooler has him maybe coming back in August at UFC 227.
Maybe. Nothing is firm yet.
The UFC and Nate Diaz have discussed the possibility of him returning to the Octagon at UFC 227 on Aug. 4, according to sources.
Although an official deal remains uncertain, the two sides have at least discussed the August date as recently as last week, sources told ESPN.
Diaz (19-11) hasn’t fought since August 2016, when he suffered a majority decision defeat to Conor McGregor in the second bout of a two-fight rivalry. That event produced the fourth-highest MMA gate in the history of Nevada, drawing $7.7 million.
Whether it comes to fruition or not, UFC 227 would offer an attractive landing for Diaz’s return. The pay-per-view event will take place at Staples Center, in the fighter’s home state of California. A bantamweight title fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt has already been announced.