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Nate Diaz

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  • Given Name: Nathan Donald Diaz
  • MMA Record: 19-11-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
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  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 33 | Date of Birth: 1985.04.16
  • Last Fight: August 20, 2016 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Welterweight | Last Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs
  • Affiliation: Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu
  • Height: 6'0" (183cm) | Reach: 76.0" (193cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $3,781,000 USD
  • Born: Stockton, California, United States
  • Fighting out of: Stockton, California
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Nate Diaz MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Majority
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Ie Conor McGregor
19-10-0 19-3-0

Us UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2016.08.20
Odds: +115 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $2,050,000 ($2,000K Base, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#3 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2016
#32 Greatest Fight of All Time
UFC 202 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Conor McGregor UFC 200 2016.07.09
Reason: McGregor Contract Dispute
Win | Submission | Choke
4:12 Round 2 of 5, 9:12 Total

Ie Conor McGregor
18-10-0 19-2-0

Us UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2016.03.05
Odds: +350 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $600,000 ($500K Base, $50K Fight/Night, $50K Perf/Night) | Weigh-In: 169.0 lbs (76.7 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#75 Greatest Fight of All Time
#47 Greatest Comeback of All Time
#72 Greatest Submission of All Time
#24 Biggest Upset of All Time
#3 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2016
#4 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2016
UFC 196 Fight of the Night
UFC 196 Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Michael Johnson
17-10-0 16-9-0

Us UFC on FOX 17: Dos Anjos vs. Cowboy 2
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2015.12.19
Odds: +325 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $90,000 ($20K Base, $20K Bonus, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Jorge Alonso
#18 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2015
UFC on FOX 17 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Rafael dos Anjos
17-9-0 22-7-0

Us UFC on FOX 13: Dos Santos vs. Miocic
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.12.13
Odds: +245 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $16,000 Base | Weigh-In: 160.6 lbs (72.8 kgs) | Referee: Jason Herzog | Walkout Music: 2Pac - Hellrazor
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:38 Round 1 of 3

Us Gray Maynard
16-9-0 11-2-1

Us The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2013.11.30
Odds: +115 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $80,000 ($15K Base, $15K Bonus, $50K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne | Walkout Music: 2Pac - I’m a Souljah (DJ Scholar Remix)
#38 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale Knockout of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:44 Round 2 of 3, 8:44 Total

Us Josh Thomson
16-8-0 19-5-0

Us UFC on FOX 7: Henderson vs. Melendez
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2013.04.20
Odds: -155 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $15,000 Base | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Mike Beltran
#45 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
#18 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
UFC on FOX 7 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Benson Henderson
16-7-0 17-2-0

Us UFC on FOX 5: Henderson vs. Diaz
Main Event | Title Challenge | Lightweight | 155

2012.12.08
Odds: +185 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Submission | Choke
4:09 Round 2 of 5, 9:09 Total

Us Jim Miller
15-7-0 21-3-0

Us UFC on FOX 3: Diaz vs. Miller
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2012.05.05
Odds: +150 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $65,000 Sub/Night | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
#5 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2012
#41 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
#56 Greatest Submission of All Time
UFC on FOX 3 Submission of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Donald Cerrone
14-7-0 17-3-0

Us UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.12.30
Odds: +235 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $149,000 ($37K Base, $37K Bonus, $75K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: 2Pac - I'm a Souljah (DJ Scholar Remix)
#15 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
#20 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
UFC 141 Fight of the Night
Win | Submission | Armlock
4:27 Round 1 of 3

Jp Takanori Gomi
13-7-0 32-7-0

Us UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.09.24
Odds: -260 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $75,000 Sub/Night | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#15 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
UFC 135 Submission of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ca Rory MacDonald
13-6-0 10-1-0

Ca UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.04.30
Odds: +110 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#40 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Kr Dong Hyun Kim
13-5-0 13-0-1

Us UFC 125: Resolution
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.01.01
Odds: +110 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $33,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
#44 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
Win | Submission | Choke
4:02 Round 3 of 3, 14:02 Total

Us Marcus Davis
12-5-0 17-6-0

Us UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.08.28
Odds: -220 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $120,000 ($30K Base, $30K Bonus, $60K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne | Walkout Music: 2Pac - Lastonesleft
#29 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#12 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
UFC 118 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:47 Round 1 of 3

Us Rory Markham
11-5-0 16-5-0

Us UFC 111: St-Pierre vs Hardy
Preliminary Card | Catchweight | 177 lbs

2010.03.27
Odds: -263 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson | Walkout Music: 2Pac - Lastonesleft
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Gray Maynard
11-4-0 8-0-0

Us UFC Fight Night 20: Maynard vs Diaz
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.01.11
Odds: +256 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $24,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | Submission | Choke
2:13 Round 2 of 3, 7:13 Total

Us Melvin Guillard
10-4-0 24-7-2

Us UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.09.16
Odds: -238 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $78,000 ($24K Base, $24K Bonus, $30K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
UFC Fight Night 19 Submission of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Joe Stevenson
10-3-0 29-10-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.06.20
Odds: -198 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $45,000 ($20K Base, $25K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Clay Guida
10-2-0 24-9-0

Us UFC 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn 2
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.01.31
Odds: -131 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $85,000 ($20K Base, $65K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
UFC 94 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Josh Neer
9-2-0 24-6-1

Us UFC Fight Night 15: Diaz vs. Neer
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2008.09.17
Odds: -240 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $70,000 ($20K Base, $20K Bonus, $30K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
UFC Fight Night 15 Fight of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
3:06 Round 2 of 3, 8:06 Total

Us Kurt Pellegrino
8-2-0 12-3-0

Us UFC Fight Night 13: Florian vs. Lauzon
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2008.04.02
Odds: -146 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 Sub/Night | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#26 Greatest Submission of All Time
UFC Fight Night 13 Submission of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
3:39 Round 1 of 3

Us Alvin Robinson
7-2-0 9-2-0

Us UFC Fight Night 12: Swick vs. Burkman
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2008.01.23
Odds: -166 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $70,000 ($15K Base, $15K Bonus, $40K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
UFC Fight Night 12 Submission of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
4:10 Round 1 of 3

Br Júnior Assunção
6-2-0 5-2-0

Us UFC Fight Night 11: Thomas vs Florian
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2007.09.19
Odds: -198 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 ($15K Base, $15K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | Submission | Injury
0:20 Round 2 of 3, 5:20 Total

Am Manny Gamburyan
5-2-0 6-1-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale
Main Card | Tournament Finals | 155 lbs

2007.06.23
Odds: -100 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $16,000 ($8K Base, $8K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Submission | Choke
Exhibition Bout
1:20 Round 2 of 3, 6:20 Total

Us Gray Maynard
5-2-0 2-0-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter Season 5
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2007.02.28
Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Choke
Exhibition Bout
3:03 Round 1 of 2

Us Corey Hill
5-2-0 1-0-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter Season 5
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2007.02.22
Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Choke
Exhibition Bout
4:46 Round 2 of 2, 9:46 Total

Us Rob Emerson
5-2-0 7-6-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter Season 5
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2007.02.02
Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | Submission | Armlock
2:46 Round 2 of 3, 7:46 Total

Br Hermes França
5-1-0 16-5-0

Us WEC 24: Full Force
Main Event | Title Challenge | Lightweight | 155

2006.10.12
Weigh-In: 160.0 lbs (72.6 kgs)
Win | Submission | Armlock

Us Dennis Davis

Us California Regional

2006.08.12
Win | Submission | Choke
2:03 Round 2 of 3, 7:03 Total

Us Joe Hurley
3-1-0 11-4-0

Us WEC 21: Tapout
Main Card | Catchweight | 160 lbs

2006.06.15
Weigh-In: 160.0 lbs (72.6 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:35 Round 1 of 3

Us Gilbert Rael
2-1-0 0-0-0

Us WEC 20: Cinco de Mayhem
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2006.05.05
Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:23 Round 1 of 3

Us Tony Juarez
1-1-0 1-1-0

Us Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2006.03.10
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Jp Koji Oishi

Jp Pancrase

2005.08.27
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Alejandro Garcia

Us WEC

2004.10.21

Nate Diaz Wiki Update Wiki

UFC lightweight Nate Diaz, the younger brother of Nick Diaz, first began competing in mixed martial arts on the professional level in 2004 in the California-based WEC promotion. After running his record to a respectable 5-2, Diaz caught his big break when he auditioned for a spot on The Ultimate Fighter 5, eventually competing in and winning one of the most stacked tournaments in series history in 2007. After defeating Manny Gamburyan at the live Season 5 Finale, Diaz defeated Junior Assuncao (guillotine choke), Alvin Robinson (triangle choke), Kurt Pellegrino (triangle choke), and a close split decision over Josh Neer in 2008.


A popular and controversial lightweight competitor—similar to his older brother in that respect—Diaz combines an aggressive boxing game with an experienced and versatile submission assault, and, unlike his brother, the majority of his wins have come by way of submission. He has elicited tapouts from the aforementioned fighters, along with Melvin Guillard, throughout his UFC career. Diaz exhibits swagger inside the cage, a warrior mentality, and the endless gas tank that seems to be a Diaz family trait.


Diaz briefly tried his luck at welterweight, pounding out Rory Markham and submitting Marcus Davis and earning fight of the night honors in his fight with Davis. Diaz then dropped two in a row to Dong Hyun Kim and Rory MacDonald. He would then drop back down to the lightweight division, putting on an impressive run of victories. Diaz won submission of the night honors with an armbar over Takanori Gomi, fight of the night honors in his war with Donald Cerrone and then submission of the night for choking out Jim Miller who had never been finished. With the impressive string of wins he earned himself a title shot against Benson Henderson. However Diaz would fall short in his title attempt after being dominated all 5 rounds by Henderson.


Diaz would next welcome Josh Thomson back to the UFC for the first time since 2004. Diaz would get rocked with a head kick in the second round and was finished by TKO for the first time in his career. Diaz said before the fight he plans to move back up to 170 pounds but would take his next fight at 155 against Gray Maynard. This would be the third time the two would fight and was the Main Event of The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale. Diaz would seal the deal on the trilogy finishing off Maynard with punches in the very first round earning himself another bonus in the process for Knockout of the Night. It would be Nate's 11th fight night bonus in his UFC career.


After a year long layoff Diaz would return to face Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on Fox 13.  During the build up to the event, Nate would miss the media day for the event, publicly criticize the new deal between Reebok and the UFC, as well as missing weight for the fight. It appeared as if he was doing everything he could to get cut from the promotion, and his performance against Dos Anjos would look to help his cause as Diaz would lose the fight by Unanimous Decision.  Still, despite all of this, Diaz would remain under contract with the UFC.


Following his loss to dos Anjos, Diaz took a year hiatus.  After his hiatus, Nate Diaz made his return at UFC on FOX 17 against Michael Johnson; which would end in a Unanimous Decision victory for Diaz.  After the victory, Diaz would challenge Conor McGregor in a swear laden promo which would get heavily censored by FOX.


The Ultimate Fighter 5

Episode 3 Diaz def. Rob Emerson by Rear Naked Choke at 4:45 of Round 2
Episode 10 Diaz def. Corey Hill by Triangle Choke at 3:02 in Round 1

Episode 12 Diaz def. Gray Maynard by Guillotine Choke at 1:17 of Round 2

The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale Diaz def. Manny Gamburyan by TKO (Shoulder Injury) at 0:20 of Round 2


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