American professional mixed martial artist Nathan Donald Diaz is currently a free agent. Diaz is best known for fighting in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he fought for over 15 years after winning The Ultimate Fighter 5 in June 2007.
Diaz was a top contender in the UFC’s lightweight division. In December 2012, he was challenged for the UFC Lightweight Championship, and for most of his time in the UFC, he was ranked in the top five lightweights. Diaz became a star after he beat Conor McGregor by submission at UFC 196 in March 2016.
He left the UFC after he beat Tony Ferguson by submission at UFC 279 in September 2022, when his UFC contract was up. Diaz fought in World Extreme Cagefighting, Strikeforce, and Pancrase before he joined the UFC. Diaz has 16 UFC bonus awards, which puts him in third place.
|Nathan Donald Diaz
|Apr 16, 1985
|Mixed Martial Artist
Nate Diaz’s Net Worth
Professional mixed martial artist Nate Diaz competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Nate Diaz has an $8 million dollar net worth. Before winning the fifth season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” he had previously competed in World Extreme Cagefighting, Pancrase, and Strikeforce. Diaz is the younger brother of Nick Diaz, a current UFC fighter and former welterweight champion.
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Nate Diaz Career
Mixed-Style Martial Artist Before he started his official MMA career, Diaz fought Robert Limon in a bare-knuckle MMA match on July 20, 2002, when he was 17 years old. Since then, a video of the fight has come out, and it seems like it was his first time competing. 
Diaz’s first professional mixed martial arts fight was for World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC). In 2006, at WEC 24, he fought Hermes Franca for the WEC Lightweight Championship and lost in the second round by submission. This was the last event put on by WEC before it was bought by Zuffa, LLC, the company that owned the UFC at the time.
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The Ultimate Fighter 5
Diaz was a fighter on Jens Pulver’s team on The Ultimate Fighter 5, which only had lightweights as competitors. In the preliminary round, Diaz beat Rob Emerson by submission. In the quarterfinals, he beat Corey Hill, who was also on Team Pulver, by submission in the first round with a triangle choke.
Diaz beat Team Penn member Gray Maynard by submission in the semifinals. This put him in the finals, where he faced teammate Manvel Gamburyan. Gamburyan had to tap out in the second round because he had dislocated his right shoulder trying to do a takedown. This meant that Diaz won by submission. With the win, Diaz won the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter.
For the first time ever, a fight that wasn’t for a title or the main event was set for 5 rounds, and it was Diaz vs. Leon Edwards at UFC 262 on May 15, 2021. In the end, the fight went the distance over five rounds at UFC 263, despite Diaz’s slight injury forcing a postponement. Edwards was dominant for the majority of the fight, but he was knocked out by a series of punches in the latter stages of the fifth round. Edwards was declared the winner by all judges (49–46, 49–46, 49–46).
The main event of UFC 279, which was supposed to feature Diaz vs. Khamzat Chimaev on September 10, 2022, was Diaz’s last fight under contract with the UFC. Chimaev was supposed to compete at welterweight, but he came in at 178.5 pounds on September 9th, 7.5 pounds over the limit for a non-title bout.
Chimaev was pulled from his fight with Diaz because he failed to make weight. The main event pitted Diaz against Tony Ferguson. When the battle reached the fourth round, Diaz submitted his opponent with a guillotine choke. Diaz received a second Performance of the Night bonus for this victory. Before his battle with Ferguson, Diaz decided against re-signing with the UFC, making him a free agent after the bout.