Nathan (Nate) Donald Diaz (born April 16, 1985) is an American mixed martial artist, currently competing for UFC in the Lightweight division. He is well known as the Ultimate Fighter Season 5 champion, and has amassed victories in Strikeforce and the World Extreme Cagefighting promotions. Diaz is a graduate of Tokay High School in Lodi, California and holds a brown belt in Gracie jiu-jitsu. He is the younger brother of UFC veteran Nick Diaz.
He was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 5 show, featuring exclusively lightweights. He fought on Jens Pulver's team. In the preliminary round, Diaz defeated Rob Emerson by submission; in the quarterfinals he defeated fellow Team Pulver teammate Corey Hill via Triangle Choke in the first round. In the semifinals, he defeated Team Penn member Gray Maynard by submission, advancing to the finals where he faced Manvel Gamburyan. Though Gamburyan won the first round, he was forced to submit in the second round due to the dislocation of his right shoulder as the result of attempting a takedown. With this, Diaz became the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 5.
After defeating Alvin Robinson at UFC Fight Night 12 he demanded tougher fighters. Diaz was given a match with Kurt Pellegrino at UFC Fight Night 13. Diaz defeated Pellegrino via submission (Triangle Choke) in the second round.
Career In The UFCEdit
After defeating Alvin Robinson at UFC Fight Night 12, he demanded tougher fighters. Diaz was given a match with Kurt Pellegrino at UFC Fight Night 13. Diaz defeated Pellegrino via submission (triangle choke) in the second round.
Diaz defeated Josh Neer by split decision at UFC Fight Night 15.
Diaz fought Clay Guida at UFC 94: St. Pierre vs. Penn 2 and lost via split decision. Guida offered his usual offense in his persistence with grappling, but was flipped several times by Diaz's judo-esque switches when Guida was hugging his back. These switched failed to improve position for Diaz, but he had Guida noticeably hurt in the 2nd round when he was allowed to stand on his feet and open up with his boxing range. After three rounds, the judge awarded Guida the split decision victory, much to the bemusement of Diaz.
Diaz fought Joe Stevenson at the The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale losing by unanimous decision.