Nate made his professional MMA debut at age 19 against Alejandro Garcia at World Extreme Cagefighting 12 - Halloween Fury 3. Diaz won the fight in the 3rd round via Submission (Triangle Choke). Diaz built on this momentum and went 3-1 in his next 4-fights before getting a title shot at the inaugural WEC Lightweight Championship.
Diaz fought Dennis Davis at Warrior Cup 1 for the Inaugural WEC Lightweight Championship and defeated Davis in the 1st round via keylock submission to become the champion. He then lost the title in his first defense against Hermer França at WEC 24 via second-round submission (armbar). After this event, Zuffa LLC acquired WEC and Nate joined the UFC as a participant on The Ultimate Fighter 5.
Nate Diaz The Ultimate Fighter 5
Nate Diaz came to the UFC in The Ultimate Fighter 5 and was the second pick of Team Pulver on the show. Diaz dominated everyone on the show as he defeated Robert Emerson in the preliminary round via 2nd round rear-naked choke. Diaz followed this up by defeating Corey Hill in the quarterfinals via first-round triangle choke. Nate then defeated Gray Maynard in the semifinals via guillotine choke submission in the second round to book a spot in the final. Diaz fought Manny Gamburyan in the finale of the show. Diaz won the fight via TKO due to Manny suffering a shoulder injury in the second round. Thus, Nate became the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 5 and got a UFC contract.
Nate Diaz UFC
Nate made his first UFC fight post The Ultimate Fighter 5 against Junior Assuncao at UFC Fight Night 11 - Thomas vs. Florian. Diaz won the bout via 1st-round guillotine choke submission. Nate built on his debut victory momentum and went on a 3-fight win streak including, his main-event fight against Josh Neer before losing to Clay Guida via split decision at UFC 94.
Diaz lost his next bout against Joe Stevenson and then won his main event UFC Fight-Night 19 fight against Melvin Guillard but then lost his next fight, against Gray Maynard via a close split decision. After this bout, Diaz moved up to welterweight.
Following the weight change, He won his next 2-fights against Rory Markham at Catchweight(177lbs) and Marcus Davis. However, he lost his next 2-fights against Dong Hyun Kim and Rory MacDonald. After the MacDonald loss, Diaz returned to lightweight.
He experienced success in his lightweight return and went on a 3-fight win streak followed by a 2-fight losing streak. He then defeated Gray Maynard to avenge his loss before losing to Rafael dos Anjos via Unanimous Decision. Nate went back on the win column as he defeated Michael Johnson via unanimous decision.
The turning point in Diaz's career came when he took a short-notice bout against Connor McGregor and submitted him in the 2nd round to become a household name. Diaz lost his rematch against Connor via a close majority decision. He then went on a 3-year hiatus before returning at UFC 241 to fight and defeat Anthony Pettis via a unanimous decision.
Diaz is currently on a 2-fight losing streak as he lost to Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards.
Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal
Nate Diaz fought Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 for the BMF Championship. Masvidal dominated Diaz on the feet and knocked him down in the first and second rounds. He continued his dominance as he landed more strikes in the third round. He was winning unanimously on the judges' scorecard at the end of the third round. The fight ended at the end of the third round via Doctor's Stoppage because of the cuts on Nate's face. Thus Masvidal won the fight via TKO and became the inaugural BMF Champion.
Nate Diaz vs. Leon Edwards
Nate Diaz fought Leon Edwards at UFC 263. Nate was outclassed in the fight as Edwards outworked him and landed 4-takedowns attempts successfully. Nate landed more total strikes (130-83) but, Edwards edged him out in significant strikes(77-76). Going into the 5th-round, Edwards was winning the bout on the judges' scorecard unanimously. The fight turned in the 5th round as Nate connected with a huge left hand and almost knocked out Edwards. Diaz was unable to capitalize on this opportunity as Edwards escaped and won the bout via Unanimous Decision.
Nate Diaz Career Stats
Wins by KO/TKO:
Wins by Submission:
Wins by Decision:
76 in (193 cm)
170 lbs (77 kg)
Welterweight (2010-2011, 2016-present)
Lightweight (2004-2010, 2011-2015)
Nate Diaz Last Fight
Nate Diaz's last fight was against Leon Edwards at UFC 263. Diaz lost the fight via Unanimous Decision.
Nate Diaz Record
Listed below is the MMA and UFC professional record breakdown of Nate Diaz: