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UFC’s Kevin Lee pleads with Dana White to book Nate Diaz fight

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Kevin Lee is interested in a lightweight bout with Nate Diaz.

Nate Diaz remains an enigma.

There’s talk that he will return to the Octagon at UFC 227. There’s talk — from UFC head promoter Dana White — that he has no interest in returning and has turned down all of UFC’s offers.

One man who’s trying to lure the younger Diaz brother back into the cage is Kevin Lee, who pleaded with White, and UFC matchmaker Sean Selby, to call him and negotiate the terms for a lightweight bout with the Stockton slugger at UFC 227 on August 4.

Diaz, who turned 33 last month, hasn’t fought in almost two years. His only opponent in those two years was none other than Conor McGregor, who he fought in two back-to-back welterweight epics at UFC 196 and UFC 202. Diaz finished McGregor with a rear-naked choke in the first bout but dropped a majority decision in the blockbuster rematch. The Californian hasn’t shown much interest in returning to the Octagon for anything less than a trilogy bout with ‘The Notorious’.

Lee, 25, has stormed into the top-five and established himself as one of the division’s most fierce contenders. ‘The Motown Phenom’ lost in an interim title bout to Tony Ferguson last year but rebounded with a five-round thrashing of Edson Barboza at UFC Fight Night 128, where he beat the Brazilian to a bloody pulp and earned a fifth-round TKO doctor stoppage.

UFC 227: Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt II, which may or may not feature the return of Nate Diaz, takes place later this year, August 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

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