Talent expresses itself in different forms. Sometimes, it shows in painting or drawing, or in the melody of one’s voice. For many, it is in their writing but for Nate Diaz, it is in fighting. One of the biggest names in UFC, Nate is an expressionist in the ring.
Who is Nate Diaz?
Nathan Donald ‘Nate’ Diaz is an American professional mixed martial artist who was born in Stockton, California on the 16th of April, 1985. The athlete of Mexican descent who attended Tokay High School, answered his call to be a martial artist at the age of 11. He began training in martial arts with his older brother, Nick who is a former WEC Welterweight Champion and Strikeforce Welterweight Champion.
Nate Diaz doesn’t like crediting his abilities and toughness to his upbringing because it is cliché but he admits coming from a rough neighborhood made him into what he is today. Simply put, he has been fighting all his life.
Since making his professional MMA debut on the 21st of October, 2004 at WEC 12, where he defeated Alex Gracia by a triangle choke, he’s gone on to record victories against some of the biggest names in Professional Martial Arts such as Donald Cerrone, Conor McGregor, and Gray Maynard.
Even though he is a UFC fighter now, Nate Diaz started out and competed mainly for World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC). His journey to the Ultimate Fighting Championship started on The Ultimate Fighter 5, which was exclusively for lightweights. It was at Ultimate Fighter 5 that Diaz defeated every single opponent and emerged the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 5.
Having clearly shown he’s no pushover, especially after his fights with Alvin Robinson and Junior Assuncao which he won by submission. He grew hungrier and was rewarded with more prominent fights.
Nate Diaz’s first loss in the UFC came at the hands of Clay Guida at UFC 94 via split decision. His second loss followed immediately at the hands of fellow Ultimate Fighter winner, Joe Stevenson.
He made his Welterweight debut on March 27, 2010, at UFC 111. Nate Diaz went on to win the fight in the first round. In his next Welterweight fight, he fought against former professional boxer Marcus Davis on August 28, 2010, and won in the final round and the bout earned Fight of the Night honors.
In 2016, after a couple years of winning fights with rising stock in the UFC, Nate Diaz was set to face Conor McGregor on March 5, 2016, at UFC 196. He won the fight via submission in the second round, making it his ninth submission victory in the UFC, tied for the second most all-time behind only Royce Gracie. The fighter was awarded the performance of the night bonus.
A rematch with Conor McGregor was scheduled; sadly, he lost the rematch via majority decision.
Nate Diaz has been in a long-term relationship with Misty Brown. On June 20, 2018, it was announced that his girlfriend had given birth to their daughter. The couple, who have been together since 2012, are still blissfully happy after many years together.
His brother, Nick Diaz was one of the top welterweight fighters during his time in the UFC. Having been training together since Nate was 11, both brothers now run a Brazilian Jui-Jitsu school in Lodi, California. Nate Diaz’s fighting style is very similar to his brother’s, Nick. Nate prefers to use of his long arms, great cardio, and strong boxing to trounce his opponents.
What is His Net Worth?
As one of the most successful names in the world of martial arts, Nate Diaz has been able to build a solid brand off his talent and success. His wealth comes from fighting salaries and a significant amount comes from endorsement deals. He is currently worth $5 million. As previously mentioned, he also owns a Brazilian Jui-jitsu school that also generates money for him.
Height & Weight
Nate Diaz stands tall at an impressive height of 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m), while his weight is recorded to be 170 lb (77 kg). Given his choice of career, his weight is very important as it decides which division a fighter fights in. Though Nate presently fights in the lightweight division, he has previously fought as a welterweight.