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Nathan Donald Diaz, born on April 16, 1985, is an American professional mixed martial artist. Currently a free agent, Diaz gained recognition during his extensive 15-year tenure in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) following his victory in The Ultimate Fighter 5. Before joining the UFC, Diaz competed in World Extreme Cagefighting, Strikeforce, and Pancrase.
Known for his formidable skills, Diaz is distinguished in receiving the third most UFC bonus awards, totaling 16. In a notable professional boxing debut, he faced Jake Paul but unfortunately suffered defeat.
Diaz hails from Stockton, California, and comes from a diverse heritage of Mexican and Anglo descent. Raised alongside his brother Nick and sister Nina, he attended Tokay High School. Diaz’s martial arts journey began at 11 when he commenced training alongside his brother Nick.
Nick Diaz, brother of Diaz, is a professional MMA fighter who competes in the UFC. The Diaz brothers are strong advocates for cannabis and have even launched their licensed line of marijuana pre-rolls called California Finest. They not only run the Nick Diaz Academy, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu school in Stockton, California, but have also founded Game Up Nutrition, a CBD company. Diaz has followed a primarily vegan lifestyle since he was 18, although he occasionally consumes fish. On June 20, 2018, it was announced that Diaz’s girlfriend had given birth to their daughter.
In September 2022, Diaz made an exhilarating announcement about launching his combat sports promotion company, Real Fight Inc. This move brought significant attention to the city of Stockton, resulting in Diaz being honored with a key to the city by the mayor during a Stockton Kings basketball game in December 2022.
However, in October 2022, Diaz was caught up in a backstage brawl at the Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva boxing match, leading to his removal from the event.
Adding to the controversy, in April 2023, footage emerged of Diaz getting involved in a street altercation that escalated to the point where he rendered a man unconscious by choking him. On April 27, at 7:10 AM, Diaz turned himself into the New Orleans Police Department, facing a second-degree battery charge. Diaz’s attorney argued that his actions were in self-defense, and he was subsequently released on a $10,000 bond.
Nate Diaz is in a long-term relationship with Misty Brow since 2007, and they are proud parents of two daughters.
Nate Diaz is the son of Melissa (née Womble) and Robert Diaz
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Tattoos and fighters have become captivating subjects for many fans of combat sports. From Cody Garbrandt’s notable neck tattoo to Kevin Lee’s recent head tattoo in anticipation of his potential UFC comeback, several fighters have gained popularity due to their inked artwork. While there is an abundance of fighters adorned with tattoos, some also choose not to decorate their bodies. Nate Diaz, in particular, is often cited as a prominent example of a beloved fighter who remains ink-free.
Nate Diaz has Mexican and Anglo heritage.
In April 2023, Diaz voluntarily surrendered to the New Orleans Police Department after an arrest warrant was issued. He was subsequently charged with second-degree battery, a crime that carries a maximum penalty of eight years in prison and a $2,000 fine. Diaz, a free agent in the MMA world, was released from custody after surrendering himself to the authorities, according to his representative Zach Rosenfield.
Nate Diaz has competed in various weight classes, including Lightweight (2004–2010, 2011–2015) and Welterweight (2010–2011, 2016–present).
Nate Diaz is currently signed to the Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC).
Despite never capturing the UFC championship, Nate Diaz has remained a formidable contender. His closest brush with the title came in a 2012 lightweight showdown against Benson Henderson, which ended in Diaz’s defeat via unanimous decision.
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