It’s been three years since we last saw the one and only Nate Diaz (19-11) compete inside the Octagon.
For some time everybody believed that we’ve already seen his final act with his rematch loss against Conor, but a few weeks ago UFC and Nate came to the conclusion that they need each other.
Nate Diaz is BACK! 👊
For the first time in three years, he returns to the octagon 🙌
🇺🇸 Pettis 🆚 Diaz 🇺🇸
📆 August 17th
📺 BT Sport
— Watch UFC 238 live on BT Sport (@btsportufc) May 14, 2019
Nate is known for fighting the elite and as of this moment, there wasn’t a better adversary for him than Anthony Pettis (22-8). “Showtime” is coming off of a KO win vs. Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night 148 in March and there is no doubt that the 32-years-old will give his all to spoil Diaz’s return.
Here’s what Stockton’s native had to say on his choice to fight Pettis this upcoming August in his home state of California.
“I think it is the best fight,” Diaz said to MMA News.
“He is coming off of a good win and he’s one of the top guys, one of the better guys in the division. Most entertaining fighter in the UFC, I like that.”
“It’s a guy I actually enjoy watching over the rest of these fighters,” Diaz added.
“Everyone is getting boring, the fight game. If I’m going to take part in any fights, I want a fight that is interesting to not only me but to the fight fan. If I’m a fight fan I want to see an interesting fight, not a boring fight.”
It’s not a secret though that these two aren’t fans of each other on a personal level. They both seem pretty fired up to get inside the cage and do some damage to the guy across the canvas.
“It’s personal,” Pettis said on a recent episode of Helwani’s show.
“I can’t wait to put my hands on him. I can’t wait to hurt this guy.”