Some Nate Diaz next fight news should arrive soon, but until then we offer up three opponent options for the former UFC star in the worlds of MMA and boxing.
Who will Nate Diaz next fight be against?
While Diaz suffered a disappointing unanimous decision loss to Jake Paul in his August boxing debut, the UFC legend has never been a fighter where losses affect his value at the box office. That is why he is sure to land another notable fight to start 2024.
With that in mind, there is a good chance his next scrap will be against fellow UFC legend Anderson Silva or rematches against Jake Paul and Jorge Masvidal.
- The Spider: Anderson Silva is another former UFC great who has taken their talents to boxing and also lost a fight to Paul. With both men not interested in MMA at this point in their careers, a boxing bout between Silva and Diaz isn’t out of the realm of possibility. Especially, since there is history to play off of since “The Spider” beat Nate’s brother Nick in MMA.
- Problem Rematch: Since their first fight was competitive, a Diaz-Paul rematch isn’t out of the question. Especially if it were to happen inside a Professional Fighters League cage. Something “Problem Child” has publicly pushed for.
- Gamebread Rematch: Masvidal handed Diaz a definitive loss in the main event of UFC 244. It is something that seemingly always bothered the Stockton bad boy, and with Masvidal ending his retirement recently a traditional boxing or bare-knuckle boxing bout between the two would make a lot of sense.
Nate Diaz vs Jake Paul recap
While Nate Diaz put up a gutsy resistance, his vaunted boxing output and chin were just not enough to be serious competition for the fight sports disruptor in their August boxing clash.
What happened: Over 10 rounds the Californian showed his classic durability as he was peppered with shots by the younger, faster, and stronger YouTube star. The low point for Diaz came in the fifth when he was stunned and knocked down by the former Disney Channel actor, en route to a unanimous decision loss.
The fallout: The fight was another wake-up call moment for the few remaining MMA fans who believe their great strikers have a chance against talented boxers who have trained for years. Paul will probably not win a world title in boxing, but he is still a fantastic athlete, driven, and a fast learner. That was more than enough to beat the cage fighting great.
The roadmap: Diaz has a legion of fans and there are still many interesting fights out there to be made. This is far from the last time he will be in action and a return to the UFC for a big-money fight with Conor McGregor isn’t out of the question in the next year. However, don’t be surprised if he takes part in another boxing fight or two before making his Octagon return.
What makes Nate Diaz so popular?
The Stockton Bad Boy: Diaz became a star in MMA by following the path that his talented and popular brother Nick established before him. That of being a trash-talking boxer, with unlimited cardio, and durability few others in a cage fight can match.
- Nate Diaz record: 21-13 MMA (5 knockouts, 12 submissions), 0-1 Boxing
- Nate Diaz age: 38 years old
- Although Diaz is known for his relentless striking style, his bread, and butter have always been his black belt in Gracie jiu-jitsu. His grappling has earned him 11 submission wins, including his legendary rear naked choke victory over McGregor in 2016
- Despite competing in 33 fights and using a high-pressure style that relies heavily on his cement chin, Diaz has only been stopped by strikes twice in his career — and one of those was a 2019 doctor stoppage from a bad cut over his eye
- During his 15-year UFC tenure, the Californian has scored wins over former champions and title contenders like McGregor, Anthony Pettis, Gray Maynard, Donald Cerrone, and Takanori Gomi
The Mumbling Influencer: Diaz ascended to an elite level of popularity when he stunned the world as a short-notice replacement and handed Octagon superstar Conor McGregor his first UFC loss in 2016. Since then, he has become one of the biggest names in the industry.
- Diaz’s request to make his UFC 263 bout against Edwards a five-round fight was the first time the promotion ever did such a thing outside of the main event matchup
- His 2019 clash with fellow fan-favorite Jorge Masvidal was for the fictional “baddest mother f*cker” title and he even roped in Hollywood megastar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to present the belt inside Madison Square Garden
- The Stockton bad boy is in the early stages of starting his own MMA promotion, dubbed Real Fight Inc.
- Diaz is in rarefied air compared to other MMA fighters by having close to 10 million followers across his social media accounts
Nate Diaz’s net worth
The measure of a fighter’s success is the dollars and cents they stack up from a career of professional fisticuffs. Nate Diaz’s net worth is estimated to be around $8 million.