MMA icon Nate Diaz still maintains a profound connection with the UFC. Dana White recently disclosed a conversation with Diaz that occurred just before the UFC 295 pay-per-view event.
While the dialogue didn’t delve into Diaz’s career or forthcoming bouts, White ensured the former UFC combatant secured the passes to attend the event.
Unquestionably one of the most well-known athletes to have ever graced the UFC cage, Diaz is popular for his unrestrained, genuine personality.
He stormed into the limelight by winning the TUF 5 reality show, thus securing a UFC contract. His debut win against Junior Assuncao at UFC Fight Night 11 in September 2007 set the stage for a remarkable 15-year tenure in the UFC.
Throughout his iconic career, Diaz faced and won against elite opponents such as Conor McGregor, Anthony Pettis, and Donald Cerrone. His tenacious style swiftly catapulted him into the hearts of fans worldwide. After defeating Tony Ferguson at UFC 279 in September of last year, he quit the organization.
Upon Diaz’s exit, Dana White ensured the world knew that the UFC would forever welcome him back with open arms. At the recent UFC 295 press conference, White reaffirmed his bond with Diaz when asked about him.
He said: “He called, like, two days ago to see if he could get some tickets. Of course, he can have tickets, this is his house. He can come back whenever he wants to, but we haven’t talked about any fights or anything like that.”
Recently, former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder hinted at his interest in venturing into MMA. He has also been eyeing a potential debut in the UFC against Nate Diaz.
Renowned for his devastating punching power in boxing, Wilder expressed confidence in his transition to the cage. Swiftly responding, Diaz embraced the challenge and responded on Twitter.
He posted: “Let’s get these contracts written up ASAP… Real fight sh*t respect to a real fighter down to fight for real. All love to boxing, but this is different REAL. Sh*t LFG 1993.”