The bad boy of the UFC could well be coming back this year, but it won’t be against his old rival Conor McGregor. Full details and updates here…

It’s been a while since the MMA world has seen or heard from popular lightweight contender Nate Diaz. Having fought at welterweight twice in 2016 against Conor McGregor, Diaz has sat inactive for over a year now.

Demanding better pay for his services, Diaz’s return was basically shot down by UFC president Dana White. Claiming the 209 bad boy “wasn’t a draw’ without his rival McGregor involved, White led to rampant speculation that Diaz would never compete again.

During his UFC tenure, Nate Diaz has fought six times at welterweight, the remaining 17 bouts have been as a lightweight. Diaz faced Benson Henderson in an unsuccessful attempt at the lightweight belt back in 2012.

With his future uncertain, a number of updates and reports this week have Diaz fans itching for more info.

Nate Diaz celebrates his UFC 196 victory over Conor McGregor as his team mates climb the octagon fence…

“I’m Not Surprised”

Will Diaz ever fight again, and if so, who would he face and in which weight division? Although 155 pounds is his preferred division, we also know he can make 170 in good condition too.

Just yesterday a massive hint at Diaz’s comeback emerged online and was followed up by a BOMBSHELL in the evening.

Firstly, check out the post from Diaz’s strength and conditioning coach Jose Garcia, which he swiftly deleted from Instagram:

“You fight fans be ready,” Garcia wrote in a quickly deleted post. “Diaz back to #asswhopping business .. fight camp we live.”

Interesting, but even more intriguing was the Tweet sent out by MMAFighting.com reporter Ariel Helwani. Helwani revealed not only is Diaz linked to a comeback this year, at UFC 219, but it’s a title fight against welterweight champion Tyron Woodley:

W.O.W

Paint me surprised, motherf***ers! Woodley’s hopes for a middleweight/welterweight championship superfight with Georges St-Pierre are clearly on hold. GSP has a unification bout to take care of with Robert Whittaker in all likelihood.

‘The Chosen One’ had a duo of fights with Stephen Thompson before a lackluster decision win over Demian Maia.

During his own social media tease, Woodley revealed he still has another fight to take on this year:

“Don’t be surprised if you see me in the next couple days announce a fight,” Woodley told FloCombat. “It’s a sport about risk and reward. It’s a sport about becoming a legend. You look at guys that have stepped up on last minute and it changed their lives. I don’t think that I should be any different.

“There’s a lot of guys in my weight class that are talking, they’re chirping, everybody wants the title, everybody wants to fight me, everybody thinks they can beat me. People are talking because they think I can’t fight. They think I’m injured to the point where I can’t compete and I’m not going back and forth with them so that gives them more wings to keep flying.

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