Nate Diaz may never fight in the UFC again after this coming weekend.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean fight fans will lose out on the highly anticipated rubber-match between himself and Conor McGregor – a fight six years in the making, at this point. Diaz assured fans in a recent interview that a trilogy fight between the pair is still on the cards, regardless of his status with the UFC.
Diaz claimed that, clearly, the timing isn’t right at the moment, but it’s definitely a fight that the Stockton native wants to run back. “We’ll worry about that later, and for sure it’s gonna happen at some point,” he told Inside Fighting recently.
“He can get back on what he’s gotta do, whatever that is. When we’re gonna match up, we’re gonna match up, but we ain’t going nowhere. Whatever happens with it or whatever they wanna do, Real Fight Inc. is involved.”
Real Fight Inc. is the new fight promotion that Diaz launched earlier this week.
The AllStar MMA roundup
- UFC 279: Gilbert Burns sees Khamzat Chimaev finishing Nate Diaz early by TKO
- UFC 279: Elise Reed runs a gym, is in the military and is preparing to give Melissa Martinez “her worst nightmare”
- UFC 279: Chad Anheliger says he wants to finish Heili Alateng – “I want to just beat this guy up”
- UFC 279: Darian Weeks clarifies UFC Paris dropout, ready to open UFC 279 with a bang
- UFC 280: Gilbert Burns picks Charles Oliveira and jiu jitsu over Islam Makhachev
The best of the rest
- Khamzat Chimaev explains why Kamaru Usman won’t be the same, mentally after KO loss – BloodyElbow.com
- Dana White says UFC will be back in France but likely will venture outside Paris for next one – MMAJunkie.com
- Johnny Walker reborn for UFC 279 after getting off CBD, THC: ‘It f*cked my life” – MMAjunkie.com
- Giga Chikadze out of UFC Vegas 60 co-main event; Sodiq Yusuff awaits new opponent – MMAFighting.com
- UFC 278 salaries: Kamaru Usman takes home $500,000 for knockout loss – MMAFighting.com
Sean O’Malley facts:
Iron Mike is ready:
Nate Diaz always rolls deep:
McGregor picking on people smaller than himself:
Renzo Gracie ass-whoopings aren’t restricted to a cage or mat:
Tai’s head did some damage to Cyril’s hand:
That’s one way to get rid of USADA:
Nate Diaz’s protege and The Action Man are down to scrap:
UFC veteran Damien Brown fancies fellow vet Ross Pearson in a boxing ring:
Khamzat and Big Mouth exchange words:
The morning view
Elise Reed chops it up with JHK ahead of UFC 279:
UFC 279 Embedded episode three drops:
Dan Hardy breaks down Nate Diaz vs Khamzat Chimaev:
Izzy makes his picks for UFC 279:
- Dustin Poirier to fight Michael Chandler at UFC 281 on November 12th (per Ariel Helwani)
- Nick Maximov to fight Jacob Malkoun at UFC Vegas 62 on October 15th (per Brett Appley)
- Andre Petroski to fight Wellington Turman at UFC 281 on November 12th (per Andre Petroski’s IG)
- Loma Lookboonmee to fight Denise Gomes at UFC Vegas 60 on September 17th (per UFC announcement)
- none to note
- Fernie Garcia to fight Brady Hiestand at UFC event on November 19th (per Alex Behunin)
On this day in MMA…
On the 8th of September, 1995, New York hosted its first ever UFC event with UFC 7: The Brawl In Buffalo.
This card, which consisted of a heavyweight tournament taken out by Marco Ruas, would mark the last time a mixed martial arts event would grace the Empire State for almost 20 years, following a ban on the sport driven by lobbyists like John McCain and signed into law by governor George Pataki.
The first event held in the state after the ban was lifted in 2016 was UFC 205, headlined by Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez in a champion versus champion bout. To this day, it still holds the record for the biggest gate revenue in history at just shy of $18 million.