Throwback | Let’s take a look back at UFC Fight Night 19, and a great back and forth battle between UFC Superstar Nate Diaz and one of the top ranked lightweights at the time, Melvin Guillard. Check it out.
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Nathan Donald “Nate” Diaz (born April 16, 1985) is an American professional mixed martial artist competing in the lightweight division and he was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 5. Diaz is the younger brother of former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion and WEC Welterweight Champion, Nick Diaz. Prior to signing with the UFC, Diaz competed in World Extreme Cagefighting, Strikeforce, and Pancrase. As of April 7, 2018, Diaz is #8 in official UFC lightweight rankings.
He holds notable victories over the likes of Conor McGregor, Donald Cerrone, Gray Maynard, and Takanori Gomi. Diaz is also tied with Joe Lauzon for the most UFC bonus awards, with 15 in total. Nate Diaz, along with Conor McGregor, hold the record for the highest UFC Pay Per View buy with UFC 202. Diaz was born and raised in Stockton, California. He went to Tokay High School, and at the age of 11, he began training in martial arts with his brother Nick.
Diaz faced former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson on April 20, 2013, at UFC on Fox 7. He lost the fight via TKO due to a head kick and punches, during which Nate’s brother, Nick Diaz physically threw a towel into the octagon, in an attempt to signal the referee to end the bout. On May 16, 2013, Diaz was suspended by the UFC for violating the UFC’s code of conduct by using a homophobic slur on his Twitter page. The UFC expressed their disappointment and suspended him; he was eventually suspended for 90 days and fined $20,000.
A rubber match with Gray Maynard took place on November 30, 2013 in the main event at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale. Diaz won via TKO in the first round. The stoppage earned him his first Knockout of the Night bonus. On May 5, 2014, both Nate Diaz and fellow UFC fighter TJ Grant were removed from the UFC’s lightweight rankings after being deemed inactive by the UFC. After over a year away from the sport, Diaz returned from his self-imposed hiatus and faced Rafael Dos Anjos on December 13, 2014 at UFC on Fox 13.
Diaz missed weight, coming in at 160.6 pounds. He was given additional time to make the lightweight limit, but didn’t attempt to cut further. Instead, he was fined 20 percent of his purse, which went to Rafael dos Anjos. Diaz, who seemed unmotivated and annoyed for most of the fight, lost the one-sided fight via unanimous decision (26–30, 26–30, and 27–30). Diaz was briefly linked to a welterweight bout with Matt Brown on July 11, 2015 at UFC 189.
However, in mid-April, Brown announced that the pairing had been scrapped. After sitting out again for over a year, Diaz returned to face Michael Johnson on December 19, 2015 at UFC on Fox 17. He won the fight by unanimous decision. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.