Who is Nate Diaz?
Nate Diaz is an American mixed martial artist who won ‘The Ultimate Fighter 5. He is currently signed with the UFC and is tied with Joe Lauzon for the second most UFC bonus awards, with 15 in total. He also holds the record for the highest UFC pay-per-view buy rate for their contest at UFC 202 along with Conor McGregor. As of June 30, 2020, he is #11 in the UFC welterweight rankings.
|Full Name||Nate Donald Diaz|
|Birth Date||April 16, 1985|
|Birth Place||Stockton, California, U.S|
|Height||6 feet (1.82m/182cm)|
|Weight||77 kgs (170lbs)|
|Body Measurement||40-31-14 inches|
|Net Worth||$11 million|
Nate Donald Diaz was born on April 16, 1985, in Stockton, California, the U.S. His father is unknown to the Internet, while his mother is Melissa Diaz. He also has one sister and brother. His brother is also a UFC Fighter named Nick Diaz. He is currently 35 years old with Aries birth sign.
Nationality and Physical Stats
Nate Diaz holds an American nationality. He belongs to English and Mexican descent. Besides, he stands 6 feet (1.82m/182cm) tall and weighs around 77 kgs (170lbs). His body measures 40-31-14 inches. He has a pair of brown coloured eyes with light brown hair colour.
Early Life/ Education
Diaz began training in martial arts when he was eleven with his brother Nick. He attended Tokay High School and after a year, he dropped out his studies to focus on his training.
Nate Diaz is very active in social media. He has his YouTube Channel of his own name with more than 127 thousand subscribers. His Twitter account (@NateDiaz209) has 1.5 million followers and his Instagram handle (@natediaz209) has 4.4 million followers. Likewise, his official Facebook page has 1.2 million followers and 943.3 thousand likes.
Nate Diaz became a vegetarian when he was eighteen. Nate and his brother Nick, run a Brazilian jiu-jitsu school in Lodi, California. Talking about his love life, he has a girlfriend who gave birth to their daughter on June 20, 2018.
Nate Diaz initially competed for World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) in 2006 against Hermes Franca. He lost the match by submission in the second round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
Nate Diaz was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 5, which featured lightweights, fighting on Jens Pulver’s team. He defeated Rob Emerson and then defeated Corey Hill in the quarterfinals. He faced Manvel Gamburyan in the finals and won the finals match. With the victory, Diaz won ‘The Ultimate Fighter 5.’
Likewise, at UFC Fight Night 13, he faced with Kurt Pellegrino and defeated him via triangle-choke submission in the second round. He also defeated Josh Neer at UFC Fight Night 15 in 2008. In 2009, Diaz fought with former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Clay Guida at UFC 94: St. Pierre vs. Penn 2. He lost the match via split decision. He then fought with Joe Stevenson at ‘The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale’ but again lost the match by unanimous decision. After two loses in a row, he then played UFC Fight Night 19 in which he faced with Melvin Guillard. He won the match by submission in round 2.
Similarly, in 2010 he faced Gray Maynard and won the UFC Fight Night 20. Diaz lost a controversial split decision to Maynard, as the former TUF winner was given the nod in the FightMetric reports, winning rounds two and three. The same year, he made his Welterweight debut on March 27 at UFC 111 against Rory Markham. At the weigh-ins, Markham weighed in at 177 lbs., whereas Diaz weighed in at the Welterweight limit of 171 lbs. The fight then was changed to a catchweight fight where Diaz went on to win the fight by TKO in the first round.
Nate Diaz faced Korean fighter Dong Hyun Kim in 2011 in which he lost the match of UFC 125. He then fought with Rory MacDonald at UFC 129 and again lost by unanimous decision. Finally, at UFC 135 he won against Takanori Gomi. He then defeated Donald Cerrone at UFC 141. In 2012, he received his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt from Cesar Gracie. The same year he faced Jim Miller at UFC on Fox 3 by winning the match. Similarly, he faced Benson Henderson on December 8 at UFC on Fox 5 in the main event for the UFC Lightweight Championship where he lost the one-sided bout via unanimous decision.
Furthermore, in 2013 he faced against Josh Thomson at UFC on Fox 7 and lost the fight. The same year he was suspended by the UFC for violating the UFC’s code of conduct by using a homophobic slur on his Twitter page. He was also fine @$20,000. Later at UFC on Fox 13, in 2013 Nate faced Rafael Dos and lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Nate faced against Michael Johnson on December 19, 2015, at UFC on Fox 17. He won the fight by unanimous decision. Likewise, he was set as a replacement to face Conor McGregor on March 5, 2016, at UFC 196. Nate won the fight via submission in the second round which gave him his ninth submission victory in the UFC. He then did not fight for two years. He returned to competition on August 17, 2019, at UFC 241 where he faced Anthony Pettis. Furthermore, He won the fight by unanimous decision. He then went against Jorge Masvidal on November 2 the same year in the main event of UFC 244. He lost against Masvidal via technical knockout.
Nate Diaz has won the Warriors Cup (WC) Lightweight Championship once in his career. According to MMAJunkie, his fight against Conor McGregor was declared Fight of the Month twice in 2016 and against Jorge Masvidal in 2019. He also won the 2016 World MMA Awards for the Submission of the Year for his submission win against Conor McGregor.
Moreover, he holds a tie with Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller for most post-fight bonus awards (15) and most Fight of the Night bonuses (8) in the UFC history. He is the Ultimate Fighter 5 winner which is the UFC’s reality series. He has won Knockout of the Night for his win over Gray Maynard once and Performance of the Night for his fight against Conor McGregor once. Nate holds a professional fighting record of 20 wins most of which came from submission (11) and 12 losses most of which came from decisions (9).
Nate Diaz is a mixed martial artist who has gained massive popularity along with money. He earns from fighting in the UFC. His current net worth is estimated to be $11 million.