The former lightweight title challenger and half of two massive bouts against Conor McGregor has been talking up a UFC return and it may come in August.
At this point, the Diaz brothers seem almost more like boogeymen than actual potential opponents for fighters in the UFC. Mention a star fighter between 155 and 185 and the names Nick & Nate Diaz are bound to pop up as a fight fans would love to see that star take on.
But, Nick Diaz hasn’t competed in the UFC since 2015. In part due to a number of drug testing issues, in part surrounding his no-contest against Andrson Silva, but also due to running afoul of the USADA wherabouts policy.
Nate has been more active, but not by much. He was last seen fighting Conor McGregor at UFC 202 back in 2016. Since then, there have been a steady stream of rumors that both men may be considering a comeback. And for Nate, at least, that’s starting to sound more and more like a reality.
The younger Diaz teased a potential 2018 fight back in January, writing “I’ll see u around may, June,” in an Instagram post. Now it’s starting to sound more like August and UFC 227.
ESPN reports that, according to sources close to the situation, Nate has been in talks with the UFC for a return to the cage on the promotion’s August 4th PPV. However, ESPN also noted that Dana White gave them “no update” on a potential next bout for Diaz. That could mean a fight announcement is right around the corner, or that the Diaz’s will continue to be enigmas in the current MMA landscape.
UFC 227 is set for the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. The event is currently planned to be headlined by a bantamweight title rematch between current champion T.J. Dillashaw and former champion Cody Garbrandt. That fight would likely benefit a lot from a strong co-main event if the UFC can work out the right opponent for Diaz. They have three months to do it.