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Midnight Mania! Nate Diaz hints comeback in ‘May-June’ on social media - is it against Conor McGregor?

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Nathan Donald Diaz was very active on Instagram today. He posted a series of pictures, culminating in one that hinted at a comeback:

Sick of sitting around waiting for you fuckers to do shit there’s no excitement in this fight shit step your games up I’ll see u around may,June.Sincerely The Real Champ

Will we see Nate Diaz back in the Octagon in 2018? The main obstacle thus far has been money. Diaz has stated he wants to be paid 20 million dollars for a return bout. While no great sum for a draw of Diaz’ caliber in the boxing world, of which Diaz is well-versed, this is astronomical by the standards of the UFC, who, by all reports, cut their fighters only ~12-17% of gross revenue. By hiding most other revenue streams- apparel endorsements during fight week, banner ads, the cash from their lucrative TV deals, even the right to profit off their own likenesses in video games- the UFC is able to keep their fighters desperate enough for the next payday that they have to take whatever fight is offered to feed their family. In fact, they often have to work full-time in addition to training as professional athletes.

Diaz, however, by a combination of luck, skill, his unique brand of charisma, weed sponsorships, and two multi-million dollar paydays against McGregor, has escaped that rat race, and thus has the power to hold out for a higher sum in negotiations, which he so far has done. The only fight out there which satisfies his requirements at a level where the UFC can still take home their massive slice, is against that Notorious Irishman, Conor Anthony McGregor.

Is that the fight we are about to witness? It is possible. If Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov are battling for the “real” lightweight title at UFC 223, then what Dana White refused to admit, is true: McGregor has been, or will be, stripped of his lightweight title. (Another digression: there aren’t any real rules surrounding UFC titles because they aren’t legal titles, sanctioned by independent bodies; the UFC in fact have full control over their distribution. They are purely promotional tools, given to the “best fighter on the night”. They are fiat currency, only worth what we think they are worth. Hence Nate Diaz’ wisdom in declaring them, ultimately, fairy tales)

If McGregor is stripped, there is no reason for him to immediately fight for the 155-lb. belt upon his return. He could very well decide to finish his trilogy with Nate Diaz; their first and second bouts sold more Pay-Per-Views (PPVs), with no title on the line, than his massively promoted title fight against Eddie Alvarez. In other words, there is no UFC opponent, save perhaps Georges St. Pierre, that makes more financial sense for McGregor than Nathan Diaz.

Poll

Will Nate Diaz return this year?

This poll is closed

  • 43%
    Yes, he will fight Conor McGregor
    (585 votes)
  • 15%
    No, he is selling wolf tickets
    (212 votes)
  • 23%
    Yes, he will fight someone other than McGregor
    (319 votes)
  • 16%
    It’s all wind and dust
    (228 votes)
1344 votes total Vote Now

Insomnia

The storm of pictures by Diaz seemed to be kicked off by this one, a throwback to ten years ago today, when Diaz won a fight night bonus for submitting Alvin Robinson with a triangle choke.

Animated Westside

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Nate also shared that he hates this classic image, taken after he choked out Conor McGregor in their first bout at UFC 196:

I hate this fukn picture..

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Eddie Alvarez wants the Diaz fight:

Excellent life advice from John Danaher, who is coaching elite grappling specialist Gary Tonon as he begins a transition to MMA:

I agree- their faces are too similar for this.

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This is great from one of Joanne Calderwood’s fans:

That is a cool poster, and Andrei Arlovski likes his beard in it.

Chris Weidman wrestled Ben Askren in college

Derrick Lewis with some light sparring:

Light moving around @dm_navarro_

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Yves Edwards had some fun with this video based on Aaron Pico’s knockout and celebration:

Chad Mendes is looking at this summer for a comeback too: that’s when his USADA suspension is up.

Tick tock......

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Justin Golightly made this comic celebrating the indestructible Darren Elkins, the Damage.

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