Nathan “Nate” Donald Diaz better known as Nate Diaz rose to glory after beating rival Conor McGregor at UFC 196. Beating all odds, he has been victorious in his life as a mixed martial artist and UFC champion. Let’s have a look at his life.
Nate Diaz Biography and Family
Nathan Donald Diaz was born on 16th April, 1965 in Stockholm, California, U.S. Diaz’s notorious nature never kept him out of trouble because of which he attended five elementary school, three middle schools and two high schools. He graduated from Tokay High School but dropped out of college. Nate was fourteen when he started training for martial arts with his brother, Nick Diaz. Nick Diaz is elder to him and former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion and WEC Welterweight Champion. Nate Diaz owns a black belt in jiu-jitsu under the tutelage of Cesar Gracie. He, at present, runs a Brazilian jiu-jitsu school in Lodi, California with his brother and he has a bulldog named Makaveli.
Nate participates in lightweight and welterweight division. He displays Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and boxing skills in the ring with his famous Southpaw stance. Cesar Gracie (for jiu-jitsu) and Richard Perez (for boxing) are his trainers
Career: Nate has been the winner of Submission of the Night, five times. He was also entitled for Fight of the Night and the Lightweight Tournament Winner in The Ultimate Fighter season five. On May 5, 2012, he aced his fourth Submission of the Night at the UFC on Fox 3. American mixed martial artist Jim Miller was his opponent. This fight was held at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Beating McGregor at UFC 196 on March 5, 2016, in Nevada, has been Nate’s biggest highlights of the career. He was a part of the Jens Pulver’s Team and competed in The Ultimate Fighters 5. He was named the winner if TUF 5 after he encountered teammate Manvel Gamburyan. In the UFC, he has been competing against fighters like Josh Neer, Melvin Guillard, and Rory Markham.
Diaz participated in World Extreme Cagefighting, Strikeforce, and Pancrase, prior to signing with the UFC. As of today, Diaz is number 5 in official UFC lightweight rankings. Apart from being the only fighter to ever defeat Conor McGregor in the UFC, he also equals with Joe Lauzon for the most UFC bonus awards (with 15 in total).
Nate Diaz Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $2.2 Million US Dollars
Diaz has an estimated net worth of $2.2 million US dollars as of 2017. During his famous win over McGregor his earnings upped to $2 million. Apart from this he also earns from his sponsorship money. He signed endorsement deal with the Reebok. Other sources include his PPV (par-per-view) share, fight of the night bonus, bonus for after party.
Ultimate Fighting Championship: He was the Ultimate Fighter 5 lightweight Tournament Winner and also eight times Fight of the night champion against Josh Neer, Clay Guida, Joe Stevenson, Marcus Davis, Donald Cerrone, Michael Johnson, Conor McGregor. He achieved Submission of the Night, five times, versus Alvin Robinson, Kurt Pellegrino, Melvin Guillard, Takanori Gomi, and Jim Miller. He won the Knockout of the Night title (One time) against Gray Maynard. He also secured Performance of the Night title against Conor McGregor. Diaz tied with Joe Lauzon for most post-fight bonus awards in UFC history.
MMAJunkie.com: He won the March Fight of the Month versus Conor McGregor and also the August Fight of the Month, again against Conor McGregor, in 2016.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Diaz was also entitled for the Feud of the Year against Conor McGregor, in 2016.
Nate Diaz might get challenged by Connor McGregor as revealed by UFC president Dana. Conor McGregor is still keen to have a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz after he had shocked the world by becoming the first man in UFC history to defeat ‘The Notorious’.
Nate Diaz lashed out to UFC president Dana White in regards to a recent interview White gave TMZ. He wasn’t happy with the comment made by White. He said that Diaz holding out for a trilogy fight with Conor McGregor. He also said that he keeps offering fights to Nate and Nate keeps turning them down. As a reply to him, on Monday Diaz tweeted, “This f*cker cannot stop making sh*t up about me and I haven’t been offered any fights except the one Iaughed at.”