Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz

Full NameNathan Donald Diaz

BornApril 16, 1985

Height6 ft 0 in



Latest News update for Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz told reporters at the UFC 279 post-fight news conference that he has no plans on not being back in the UFC. Diaz said he was determined to get out of his contract even when Chimaev missed weight.

Although, Diaz dominated in his last fight which was fought between him and Tony Ferguson at UFC 279 in which Diaz took down Ferguson via Submission (guillotine choke).

UFC 279's Nate Diaz cryptic on future: 'It's only the halftime show'
Nate Diaz in the conference at UFC 279

Nate Diaz is a UFC Welterweight Fighter with a professional MMA record of 21 wins and 13-Losses. He won The Ultimate Fighter 5 and currently has a 2nd-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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Nate Diaz

Early life and Career

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 in 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 a 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 into 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.

After defeating Anthony, Diaz was on a 2-fight losing streak as he lost to Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards.

Diaz broke his streak of losing by conquering a win by taking down Tony Ferguson via Submission (guillotine choke).

Nate Diaz Career Stats



Wins by KO/TKO:

  1. 5

Wins by Submission:

  1. 12

Wins by Decision:

  1. 4


  1. 76 in (193 cm)


  1. 170 lbs (77 kg)

Weight Class:

  1. Welterweight (2010-2011, 2016-present)
  2. Lightweight (2004-2010, 2011-2015)

Nate Diaz Record

Listed below is the MMA and UFC professional record breakdown of Nate Diaz:

Win21-13Tony FergusonSubmission (guillotine choke)UFC 27910-09-2022
Loss20-13Leon EdwardsDecision (unanimous)UFC 26312/06/2021
Loss20-12Jorge MasvidalTKO (Doctor Stoppage)UFC 24402/11/2019
Win20–11Anthony PettisDecision (unanimous)UFC 24117/08/2019
Loss19–11Conor McGregorDecision (majority)UFC 20220/07/2016
Win19–10Conor McGregorSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 19605/03/2016
Win18–10Michael JohnsonDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 219/12/2015
Loss17–10Rafael dos AnjosDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic13/12/2014
Win17–9Gray MaynardTKO (punches)The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate Finale30/11/2013
Loss16–9Josh ThomsonTKO (head kick and punches)UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez20/04/2013
Loss16–8Benson HendersonDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz08/12/2012
Win16–7Jim MillerSubmission (guillotine choke)UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller05/05/2012
Win15–7Donald CerroneDecision (unanimous)UFC 14130/12/2011
Win14–7Takanori GomiSubmission (armbar)UFC 13524/09/2011
Loss13–7Rory MacDonaldDecision (unanimous)UFC 12930/04/2011
Loss13–6Dong Hyun KimDecision (unanimous)UFC 12501/01/2011
Win13–5Marcus DavisTechnical Submission (guillotine choke)UFC 11828/08/2010
Win12–5Rory MarkhamTKO (punches)UFC 11127/03/2010
Loss11–5Gray MaynardDecision (split)UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs. Diaz11/01/2010
Win11–4Melvin GuillardSubmission (guillotine choke)UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard16/09/2009
Loss10–4Joe StevensonDecision (unanimous)The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom Finale20/06/2009
Loss10–3Clay GuidaDecision (split)UFC 9431/01/2009
Win10–2Josh NeerDecision (split)UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer17/09/2008
Win9–2Kurt PellegrinoSubmission (triangle choke)UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon02/04/2008
Win8–2Alvin RobinsonSubmission (triangle choke)UFC Fight Night: Swick vs. Burkman23/01/2008
Win7–2Junior AssunçãoSubmission (guillotine choke)UFC Fight Night: Thomas vs. Florian19/09/2007
Win6–2Manvel GamburyanSubmission (shoulder injury)The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale23/06/2007
Loss5–2Hermes FranΓ§aSubmission (armbar)WEC 2412./10/2006
Win5–1Dennis DavisSubmission (Americana)Warrior Cup12/08/2006
Win4–1Joe HurleySubmission (triangle choke)WEC 2115/06/2006
Win3–1Gilbert RaelTKO (punches)WEC 2005/05/2006
Win2–1Tony JuaresTKO (punches)Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie10/03/2006
Loss1–1Koji OishiDecision (unanimous)Pancrase: 2005 Neo-Blood Tournament Finals27/09/2005
Win1–0Alejandro GarciaSubmission (triangle choke)WEC 1221/10/2004

Nate Diaz's most popular fights

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.

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Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244

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.

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Nate Diaz vs. Leon Edwards at UFC 263

Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson

Nate Diaz fought Tony Ferguson at UFC 279. Ferguson made the opening for that fight night with a leg kick on the face of Diaz, both the fighters were fighting calm-mindedly. Later Ferguson kept checking his leg kicks in and he got cut on the shin, which led his leg to bleed the entire match.

Although, both the fighters looked pretty confident with their moves, Diaz was having success with his boxing and Ferguson was having success with his leg kicks which made Diaz frustrated. At around three Diaz started bizarrely walking out of the ring acting like he wasn't going to fight a few times completely turning his back to Ferguson.

Round four started this fight had a great pace, it was a back-and-forth fight and it was close Diaz started landing some nice shots with good pressure, and Ferguson shot for a takedown and Diaz dropped back for a slick guillotine and forced Ferguson to tap. Nate Diaz defeats Tony Ferguson via submission in round four.

Nate Diaz vs Tony Ferguson at UFC 279

FAQs on Nate Diaz

Q1. Is Nate Diaz vegan?

Diaz, 37, is reportedly a raw vegan, and he credits the diet for his MMA fighting success. The athlete started his vegan journey at age 18, one year after he began fighting professionally.

Q2. What degree black belt is Nate Diaz?

Nate Diaz has earned his 3rd Degree stripe on his BJJ Black Belt. The ceremony was held with Cesar and is so Renzo Gracie in attendance. Diaz, a black belt under Cesar Gracie, started training jiu-jitsu 22 years ago when he was 14 years old.

Q3. What food does Nate Diaz eat?

Diaz is vegan, and he has been for a while. That means no meat, no poult,r,y and no dairy. Not even eggs.

Last Updated on 28th October 2022

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