Nate Diaz isn’t the most defensively sound fighter, but the UFC fan favorite can take a punch. Diaz has only been stopped once via strikes in 32 professional fights, losing via TKO to former UFC lightweight contender Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 7.
The Californian took some heavy shots from Conor McGregor in both of their welterweight bouts at UFC 196 and UFC 202. After absorbing McGregor’s best shots in the first bout, Diaz rallied to secure a rear-naked choke submission in the second round but lost via majority decision in the epic five-round rematch.
McGregor, who is gearing up to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a 12-round boxing match on Aug. 26, was able to repeatedly land his vaunted left hand on Diaz and that’s why older brother Nick Diaz, who is currently under provisional suspension by USADA, thinks the Irishman has a chance against ‘The Best Ever’.
“As far as MMA, I want to say there’s maybe five guys that do jiu-jitsu that have an actual level of understanding when it comes to boxing. He obviously does. I feel like, if he can hit my brother he can definitely can put up somewhat of a fight with Floyd, if not actually bring him an actual challenge,” Diaz told My MMA News in a recent interview (h/t Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting).
Many fans anticipate that ‘The Notorious’ will approach Mayweather with a bizarre boxing-MMA hybrid style to throw the boxing great off guard, but Diaz isn’t sure how things will play out on the night.
“I don’t know what’s gonna happen,” Diaz said. “I could say one thing, I could be wrong. Also, the ups and downs of life, you never know what’s going on. Either one of these guys could have a bad - like the last time my brother fought he had broken ribs, torn rib tissue. Neither one of those fights worked out for him. He had 13 days the first time and the next time he was injured. I was there for it.”
Diaz is under provisional suspension for not notifying USADA of his whereabouts and the former Strikeforce welterweight champion and former two-time UFC title challenger will not be returning to the Octagon anytime soon.
“They know where I’m at though. Somebody over there is not doing their job. I mean realistically, they showed up to one of my dispensary signings. Like I said, I gotta do what I can with what I have to work with when I’m not fighting. The whole cannabis industry thing is on hit right now, so yeah, I’ll book an appearance over there and I’ll go and smoke a bunch of weed and it’s a good time. So of course, word is out I’m gonna be here, they show up.
“I’m not hard to find. I’m on Snapchat and Instagram every day.”
The Stockton local will be tuning into Mayweather-McGregor, which takes place later this month, August 26, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.