The Current Timeline of Nate Diaz
Diaz (19-11) had not entered the Octagon since August 2016 when he lost to McGregor via majority decision at UFC 202. Since then, the former UFC lightweight title challenger said he wouldn’t return unless it was a ‘big’ fight.
Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier both expected at the UFC press conference tomorrow in LA, I’m told. First time Diaz will participate in an official UFC media event in a very long time. #UFC230
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) August 3, 2018
Earlier this year, Diaz gave out hints on social media that he would return soon. His upcoming bout with Poirier will be his first lightweight fight since he defeated Michael Johnson in December 2015. Coincidentally, Dustin Poirier’s last defeat was against Johnson in 2016.
Nate Diaz Dominated UFC 196
The UFC 196 took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on the 5th March 2016. This was supposed to be a showcase for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s biggest star and its newest queen.
Featuring the main cards: McGregor vs Diaz, Holm vs Tate, and Villante vs Latifi. As it turned out, both McGregor and Holm became victims of rear-naked chokes, capping an event that featured superb submissions and sensational knockouts.
Nate Diaz (19-11-0) stole the show by knocking out McGregor via submission at 4:12 of Round 2.
The ‘Stockton Slap’ by Diaz
This slap is one of the infamous signature moves of the Diaz Brothers. They’re known for dishing out this good old-fashioned slap across the chops of their opponent during a fight.
Let’s take a look when Nate Diaz threw his hands on The Notorious during the main event of UFC 196. It’s when Nate slapped McGregor around the face no less than four times during their welterweight clash which ended with the Irishman’s first UFC defeat.
It’s hard to tell whether Diaz’s slaps had any physical effect on McGregor during the fight. With the Notorious taking so many shots in the latter part of the second round, it’s totally unquantifiable.
With three minutes left Diaz landed a slap which stopped McGregor in his tracks and made him grin. I wonder what McGregor had felt when Diaz b*tch slapped him whilst grinning back in his face?
Khabib fans have been going crazy over this footage today on Twitter. You can watch the video footage below.
Video courtesy of Slick Defense Boxing on YouTube.