Nate Diaz returns to the Octagon on Saturday, three years removed from his epic UFC 202 showdown with Conor McGregor. Diaz lost that fight by majority decision, but we’d have almost certainly never seen a rematch had Nate pulled off the stunning short notice upset over the Irish superstar back at UFC 196.
If you don’t remember the story, McGregor was scheduled to fight Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title on that March evening. Instead, RDA pulled out with an injury, and in stepped Diaz. We were treated to amazing fight promotion in such a condensed period of time, and the fight itself ruled. McGregor obviously faded hard in round two, Diaz hurt him and forced him into a desperation takedown that led to his demise. Nate sunk in the rear-naked choke, and the rest is history.
“I’m not surprised, motherf—kers.”
You can rewatch the whole fight at the top of the page. By the way, this video already has 12 million views since it was uploaded on August 5th. Nate Diaz moves the needle.
Diaz vs. Anthony Pettis co-headlines UFC 241 on August 17th.