10 Submissions ( 71.43 %)
1 Decisions ( 7.14 %)
6 Decisions ( 85.71 %)
Nate Diaz In The News
Posted on December 31, 2011
Nate Diaz is the brother of former Strikeforce champion Nick DIaz, but Nate has gone out of his way to make his own name for himself. NIck’s popularity, and his abilities, certainly paved the way for Nate to make it possible for Nate’s entry in MMA. In old videos of Nick’s fights, Nate is almost always in his corner during fights. Nate started training in his teens with Nick, and still trains along side of him at Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy where he is currently a brown belt under Cesar Gracie.
Nate had his first professional mixed martial arts fight at WEC 12 in southern California. It was a tough fight for anyone as their introduction into professional MMA, but it was Diaz who secured a third round triangle to get the submission and his first win. A year later, with the win, and contacts from his brother and gym, he was invited to fight in Japan for Pancrase against Koji Oishi. Diaz was handed his first loss, which came by way of decision. It would be the only time he fought in 2005.
2006 was very different, and Nate would fight five times. Diaz went 4-1, and none of the fights went to decision. He would finish three of them with in the first round, and the other barely went into the second. With TkO’s and 2 submissions, Nate was offered a fight Hermes Franca, an accomplished jiu jitsu player, but Diaz would be hand his first loss when the Franca arm barred him early in the fight. To date, its the only fight Nate Diaz was finished in.
Diaz was then invited to take part in the UFC reality show The Ultimate Fighter. Nate would win all of his fights in the house, and go on to fight live on tv in the finale. Nate Diaz was crowned the season winner when he defeated Manvel Gamburian by submission in the second round. Nate earned the contract to fight in the UFC. Nate would only fight one more time in 2007, when he faced Junior Assuncao. Diaz was able to grab a hold of Junior’s neck, and get his second official UFC win. He would go on to be just as successful in 2008 where he would 3 times. The momentum for 2007 carried right over into the new year, and Diaz would win all three fights. He finished Alvin Robinson and Kurt Pelligrino, both by triangle choke, and for the first time in his career he would get a decision win over Josh Neer. He won submission of the night bonus for his win over Peligrino, and he would win a fight of the night bonus for his win over Josh Neer.
When the UFC added up his five wins, and his successful streak on The Ultimate Fighter, it was clearly time for Diaz to take a step up in competition. Unfortunately for Diaz, the momentum wouldn’t carry over into 2009. He fought Clay Guida at UFC 94, and in an exciting back and forth fight, Guida was announced the winner via split decision. It was a fight some thought Nate had won, but the fight was so good he earned yet another fight of the night bonus. He would then go on to fight Joe Stevenson at the Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Finale, but he would again lose a fight of the night winning fight by decision. He would finish 2009 off by getting back in the win column when he fought Melvin Guillard and guillotined him in the second round. He would earn yet another bonus, this one for submission of the night. Making 5 straight bonuses for the still young Diaz.
Early in 2010 Nate would fight Gray Maynard in a fight many thought he won, but Gray was awarded the split decision victory. It was at this time Diaz had decided to try his hand in the welterweight division. Nate would be back in the cage just 8 weeks later fighting against Rory Markham. The fight was fought at a catchweight when Markham couldn’t make weight, but Diaz was able to TKO Markham early in the second round. In August he would fight Marcus Davis at UFC 118, and DIaz would be handed the win when he choked Davis out cold. Diaz would win yet another fight of the night bonus for the performance.
Diaz would then fight Dong Hyun Kim, but the fight wouldn’t go his way, and Kim was handed the unanimous decision win at UFC 125. Diaz would fight Rory MacDonald at UFC 129, and he would be handed his 5th UFC decision loss. The loss prompted Diaz to drop back down to lightweight, and he would then fight Japanese stand out Takanori Gomi. Late in the first round, Diaz was able to get the arm bar win over Gomi putting him back in the winning colum.
Diaz will next fight Donald Cerrone at UFC 141 in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 30 at the annual UFC New Years event.