It looks like the old Nate Diaz storm is still going strong…

Just seven months ago, nearly to the day, Nate Diaz reached the peak of his career so far. Facing Conor McGregor on just 10 days notice, Diaz stepped in to replace Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196. What happened on March 5 in Vegas will go down as one of the craziest fights ever.

Taunting and trashing each other in the short period allotted, McGregor and Diaz captivated the MMA fandom. Looking like a match made in heaven, the two fierce rivals provided some viral confrontations before UFC 196.

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Diaz The Bad Guy

When the two finally met in the octagon,it was Nate Diaz who made Conor McGregor eat his words. Perhaps it was the move to welterweight, or maybe he hadn’t put the cardio work in, but McGregor was sapped by round two.

Diaz smelt blood and capitalized in a big way. Choking out McGregor and forcing the tap, the 209 native shot himself to super-stardom with the win. ‘The Notorious’ was defeated, but granted an immediate rematch at UFC 202.

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Rematch

Nate Diaz, as always, came to fight at UFC 202. It was Conor McGregor who had his hand raised, though, after five hard rounds of war. Demanding a trilogy fight, Nate Diaz was immediately snubbed by Dana White.

Nobody was surprised by this decision, as the promotion and McGregor clearly didn’t want to risk another loss to Diaz. They also had bigger fights in mind (in terms of titles). While Diaz continued to expose his employers for favoritism and ‘cash cow’ creating, the promotion proved him right with McGregor’s next booking.

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Diaz vs. the winner of Alvarez/McGregor

Although Nate Diaz may have been annoyed by the UFC 205 main event booking, he may be cheered up a little after reading this. Gilbert Melendez, the former Strikeforce champion and current UFC fighter/analyst, says Nate will fight the winner of McGregor vs. Alvarez.

As per Champions:

“I think [Nate] fights the winner [of Alvarez vs McGregor],” said Melendez. “We’re talking about business here and how things work … Eddie wins that fight, you know, I think Nate gets that fight. I think Conor wins that fight, I think Nate gets that fight as well.

“I mean, that’s what people want to see and that’s what fills the seats.”

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