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UFC 196: Nate Diaz, ‘Fighter to Watch’ tonight in Las Vegas

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Get ready to take a trip down memory lane with MMAmania.com as we take you through the rollercoaster ride Nate Diaz has endured over the span of his 12-year professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career before he faces Conor McGregor later tonight (Sat., March 5, 2016).

Normally I would write this article on a fighter who is taking a step up in competition, or one who may see a breakthrough into the official rankings, but this isn’t any ordinary UFC pay-per-view (PPV) card.

As much as the UFC 196 card suffered when Lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos pulled out of his headliner with 145-pound titleholder Conor McGregor roughly two weeks before the contest was set to go down inside MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, later this evening (Sat., March 5, 2016), it may very well be more entertaining with the addition of one Nathan Diaz.

The rebellious and often times childish young brother of former Strikeforce Welterweight champion Nick Diaz, Nate finds himself in an interesting predicament. The Cesar Gracie disciple now has the big money fight he was angling for against McGregor fresh on the heels of his trouncing of Michael Johnson on the scorecards back in Dec. 2015.

What he does with this golden opportunity is for Diaz to decide.

Twenty-eight fights into his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career and Diaz can prove he’s much more than a needle mover. But, before we can begin to analyze his upcoming “Sin City” match with the outlandish Irish striker McGregor, take a trip down memory road and check out the path he took to get to this point.

Diaz began competing 12 years ago in then popular California promotions World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Strikeforce. This is where fans first got a taste of the ….View full article

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