Nate Diaz is officially a free agent. Diaz defended his UFC contract by defeating Tony Ferguson at UFC 279 on September 10.
Diaz chose to end his existing contract with the UFC instead of re-signing with the MMA promotion. Diaz was officially removed from the UFC roster on Tuesday, company officials confirmed. MMA Fighting. Zach Rosenfield, a spokesman for Diaz, also confirmed the news to the publication. The door seems to be wide open for Diaz. .
The Stockton native hadmultiple times, blaming the UFC for preventing him from terminating his contract with the UFC. Booking the main fight against welterweight Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279 was seen by many as a death sentence for Diaz before leaving the company. In a shocking and poetic change of fortune, Chimaev missed weight and the UFC was forced to reshuffle the main card. Ultimately, Diaz was given a more favorable matchup against fellow legend Ferguson and emerged victorious. Diaz and UFC President Dana White : Diaz promised to return to the UFC, and White spoke enthusiastically about the fighter.
Diaz (21–13) fought exclusively under the UFC banner from 2007 to 2022. His 15-year tenure with the company began with a win in The Ultimate Fighter 5 lightweight tournament. Diaz fought for the UFC Lightweight Championship against Benson Henderson and for the BMF Ceremonial Championship against Jorge Masvidal. Diaz entered the public consciousness after a second round win over Conor McGregor at UFC 196 in March 2016, setting off one of the most memorable fights in combat history.