Veteran star Nate Diaz targets return at Las Vegas Sphere, fight on UFC 306 card: ‘I’ll be here’

Nate Diaz eyes return at Las Vegas Sphere and fight at UFC 306 I'll be hereFormer lightweight title chaser, Nate Diaz has sights now fixed on a return to the Octagon at UFC 306…

Nate Diaz eyes return at Las Vegas Sphere and fight at UFC 306 I'll be here

Former lightweight title chaser, Nate Diaz has sights now fixed on a return to the Octagon at UFC 306 on September 14. at the Las Vegas Sphere – targeting a comeback to active competition on Mexican Independence Day later this year.

Diaz, a former undisputed lightweight title challenger and Ultimate Fighter winner, had been linked continually with a return at a massive UFC 300 card in April, however, despite his intentions to fight on the monumental card, revealed a return the card would come to fruition. 

Sidelined from the Octagon since he headlined UFC 279 back in September 2022, Diaz exited his promotional contract with a win, landing a rallying stoppage over former interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson – with a fourth round guillotine choke in an impromptu welterweight showdown.

Making a brief move to professional boxing in the time since, last August, Diaz suffered a decision loss to the outspoken, Jake Paul – over the course of 10 rounds in Texas.

And linked with a comeback fight against long-time foe, Dustin Poirier, as well as former duel-weight champion and two-time opponent, Conor McGregor, Diaz has laid out a marker for his immediate fighting plans.

Nate Diaz targets UFC 306 return, Las Vegas Sphere fight

Confirming their debut and apparent once-off outing at the Las Vegas Sphere later this year, the promotion is set to bring a UFC 306 pay-per-view card in September – which Stockton veteran Diaz appears to want a part of.

“I’ll be here f*ck 300,” Nate Diaz posted on his official X account, accompanied by an image of the Las Vegas Phere draped in the Mexico flag.

Who would you like to see Nate Diaz fight in a potential UFC 306 comeback?

Video – UFC icons Tony Ferguson and Nate Diaz catch up with each other at MMA event in Los Angeles

Tony Ferguson and Nate DiazNearly a year and a half removed from their UFC 279 clash, Tony Ferguson and Nate Diaz caught up…

Tony Ferguson and Nate Diaz

Nearly a year and a half removed from their UFC 279 clash, Tony Ferguson and Nate Diaz caught up with one another while attending the Up Next Fighting event in L.A.

After 15 years with the promotion, Nate Diaz put a cap on his UFC career with a fourth-round submission victory over ‘El Cucuy’ in their first and only meeting. Since then, the ‘Stockton Samurai’ made his professional boxing debut against YouTube-star-turned-pugilist Jake Paul in August. Diaz came up short in the entertaining 10-round bout, suffering a unanimous decision loss to ‘The Problem Child.’

Recent rumors have circulated that Diaz will return to the squared circle later this year for a fight with the recently unretired Jorge Masivdal under the former BMF titleholder’s Gamebred Boxing banner.

Tony Ferguson isn’t going anywhere

As for Tony Ferguson, the ex-interim champ finds himself on the cusp of making history. After failing to climb back into the win column against Paddy Pimblett in December, ‘El Cucuy’ has lost seven straight, tying the record once set by Octagon legend B.J. Penn.

With no intentions of retiring, Ferguson is one win away from taking sole possession of the UFC’s record for longest losing streak.

“I’m already a Hall of Famer, man,” Ferguson said on the JAXXON Podcast “They already f*cking know it, and you know what? I’m not retiring. Anytime I get hurt, I come back with a f*cking vengeance because, like I said, you need a slap in that face in order to do it because the only person that’s going to do it is ourselves. Nobody is going to tell us what the f*ck to do. I’m going to fight until the wheels fall off. F*ck retiring” (h/t MMA Junkie).

Nate Diaz teases potential UFC return, calls for Leon Edwards title rematch: ‘Ready to rock already for real’

Nate Diaz teases UFC return calls for title rematch with Leon Edwards ready to rockIt’s been two years since we last saw Nate Diaz grace the UFC octagon, and it now seems like…

Nate Diaz teases UFC return calls for title rematch with Leon Edwards ready to rock

It’s been two years since we last saw Nate Diaz grace the UFC octagon, and it now seems like the legend is eager to return to action.

Things haven’t been very eventful for Diaz after he decided to fight out his UFC contract and make his rounds as an MMA free agent. Sure, he had a money fight with Jake Paul back in 2023 but lost via unanimous decision in what many considered a lackluster fight. According to Diaz, offers for similar money fights have come his way, but nothing has caught his eye.

Most recently, Diaz took to Instagram and posted a picture from his battle with Leon Edwards at UFC 263, with a caption reading: “Ready to rock already for real.”

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Nate Diaz leaves a cryptic message for Leon Edwards and the UFC on Instagram today

Nate Diaz Hopes To Fight At UFC 300, Admits it Probably Won’t Happen

Nate Diaz has fully admitted to yearning for another UFC fight. In a recent interview, he talked about his desire to fight on the historic UFC 300 card but also was open about it not being likely to happen.

“I wanted to (fight at UFC 300), but I don’t think so,” Diaz sighed (H/T MMAKnockout). “I think I wanna do boxing, fight another fight or two. I could fight anybody in the world right now but no one can fight me. Everybody’s locked down to organizations… locked down to the UFC, PFL.”

Diaz went on to talk about the difficulty of finding fights as a free agent. According to him, promotions aren’t wanting to play ball, and he feels as if it’s a “We ain’t helping that guy” type of situation.

Regardless, there are still compelling fights for Diaz back in the UFC. The Conor McGregor trilogy fight has always captivated fans, and there are also the strange callouts of Leon Edwards that Diaz has been making over the years.

Do you think that Nate Diaz will ever make a UFC return?

Nate Diaz slams Mikey Musumeci with homophobic slur, draws response from the ONE world champion

Nate DiazNate Diaz used a homophonic slur to describe ONE flyweight submission grappling world champion Mikey Musumeci. Recently, the former…

Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz used a homophonic slur to describe ONE flyweight submission grappling world champion Mikey Musumeci.

Recently, the former UFC star spent some time sparring and training alongside controversial Rumble streamer Sneako. Their pairing came only a few short days removed from a viral sparring session that saw Sneako take an absolute beating from former middleweight titleholder Sean Strickland ahead of Super Bowl weekend.

Before mixing it up with Strickland and Diaz, Sneako drew the ire of Musumeci after the influencer suggested that “jiu-jitsu is for autistic people” and added that the five-time IBJJF world champion “shouldn’t be winning,” referring to Musumeci’s unassuming appearance.

Musumeci was quick to come to the defense of his sport, offering to face Sneako in an MMA fight.

Speaking of the situation while training with Sneako, Nate Diaz delivered his scathing take on Musumeci’s challenge and referred to the ONE Championship fighter in a most unsavory way.

That other little b*tch jiu-jitsu guy,” Diaz said. “F*ck that little f*ggot. I kind of forgot about him when I saw that, but I didn’t even give him no attention. F*ck that little b*tch.

Mikey Musumeci Responds to Nate Diaz’s Vile Comments

Getting wind of Diaz’s comments, Mikey Musumeci delivered a dignified response to the ‘Stockton Samurai,’ suggesting that they step on the mats for a friendly contest between two accomplished BJJ black belts.

“Wow, so I just learned from my video that Nate Diaz called me out, and in no way am I calling him out right now, this is just me responding to that video,” Musumeci said in a video posted on his Instagram. “The first thing I’ll say is I’ve always been a huge fan of watching Nick and Nate Diaz in MMA, they’re absolute legends. Amazing grappling, amazing striking, and they’re about that life.

“Obviously, I can’t fight Nate in an MMA fight. He would kill me, but I would absolutely accept a grappling match with him since we’re both black belts in jiu-jitsu. It would be an absolute honor to have the opportunity to face such a legend like Nate. A once in a lifetime opportunity, right? I don’t care about weight class or anything, I would be a hundred percent down to grapple with him” (h/t Sportskeeda).

Nate Diaz laments failed return on UFC 300 card despite numerous callouts: ‘I wanted to fight’

Nate Diaz laments failed return at UFC 300 despite callouts I wanted to fightFormer lightweight title challenger, Nate Diaz claims he’s unlikely to feature at all on a massive UFC 300 card…

Nate Diaz laments failed return at UFC 300 despite callouts I wanted to fight

Former lightweight title challenger, Nate Diaz claims he’s unlikely to feature at all on a massive UFC 300 card in April, however, for the Stockton veteran it proved not for the lack of trying on his behalf.

Diaz, a welterweight veteran and former lightweight title challenger under the UFC banner, departed the Dana White-led promotion back in 2022, following a September submission win over former interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson.

Making his professional boxing debut in the time since, Diaz would land a fourth round guillotine choke win in a rallying effort against the above-mentioned fellow Ultimate Fighter winner, Ferguson, lacing up boxing gloves for a fight with Jake Paul.

And linked with a potential comeback at UFC 300 in April – amid calls for a trilogy rubber match with former two-division champion, Conor McGregor on the card, Diaz noted his interest in a return to the blockbuster event, after missing an initially slated UFC 200 headliner against the Dubliner back in 2016.

Nate Diaz shuts down UFC 300 comeback

However, once more voicing his frustration with a lack of locomotion on his fighting future, Diaz claimed that despite his want to fight on the UFC 300 card in April – it’s now highly unlikely he features inside the Octagon again that soon.

“I wanted to [fight at UFC 300],” Nate Diaz told Sneako during a recent interview. “But I don’t think so [I will fight]. I think I wanna do boxing – fight another fighter. I could fight anybody in the world right now, but no one can fight me. Everybody’s locked down to organizations, locked down to the UFC, PFL.”

Linked with a potential boxing match return – as soon as next month in Las Vegas, Diaz has yet to officially book a long-rumored rematch with fellow ex-UFC star, Jorge Masvidal, in a re-run of their inaugural symbolic BMF title fight back in 2019.

Do you expect Nate Diaz to ever fight under the UFC umbrella again?

Rumble streamer Sneako trains with ex-UFC star Nate Diaz days after getting bloodied by Sean Strickland

Nate Diaz and SneakoAfter getting pummeled by Sean Strickland last week, Sneako spent some time sparring with ex-UFC superstar Nate Diaz. The…

Nate Diaz and Sneako

After getting pummeled by Sean Strickland last week, Sneako spent some time sparring with ex-UFC superstar Nate Diaz.

The controversial Rumble streamer found himself the subject of many a headline on Friday after footage emerged of him being bloodied and battered by the former UFC middleweight champion during an early morning gym session. In the clip which you can see right here Strickland delivers an onslaught of strikes long after Sneako’s corner throws in the towel.

UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin had to physically step in and stop Strickland from continuing the assault.

“When you spar these guys that want to spar, there is no respect,” Strickland said on his YouTube channel. “You haven’t earned it. You haven’t like proved yourself. You don’t deserve not to get hurt. If Forrest hadn’t jumped in, I would’ve took your life if I could’ve.”

Days later, Sneako decided to test his skills against another combat sports star Nate Diaz.

Sneako spent some time talking with Diaz about his iconic run in the UFC and how the TUF alumnus maintains his signature cardio despite regularly smoking cannabis.

They spent some time rolling on the mats.

Diaz even revealed the origin of his infamous ‘Stockton Slap.’

But when it came time to step inside the ring, Nate Diaz had no interest in leaving the cameras on.

Nate Diaz gives a glowing review of Sneako

After their session was said and done, Diaz had nothing, but positive things to say about Sneako’s skills. However, we have a sneaking suspicion that the lightweight superstar was just trying to be nice.