Nate Diaz takes on Irish UFC champion Conor McGregor at UFC 196 on March 5, but what do you know about the challenger? Here’s 5 things to get you up to scratch on Nate, who actually prefers to be called Nathan just so you know!
It promises to be an exciting night at UFC 196 on March 5 when Conor McGregor, 27, defends his featherweight championship belt against Nate Diaz, 30, in the main event. But what do you know about the Californian-born mixed martial arts fighter? Here’s 5 things that’ll put you in good stead before watching the contest!
1. Don’t call him Nate!
Despite being commonly known as Nate, after all that’s his fighting name, he prefers to be called Nathan — and who are we to argue. He was born and raised in Stockton, California and the UFC appears to be in the family’s blood because his brother Nick fights too!
2. He won The Ultimate Fighter!
One little known fact is that Nate won The Ultimate Fighter 5 all the way back in 2007. He saw off a number of opponents, including Rob Emerson, Corey Hill, Gray Maynard. In the final he faced off against Manvel Gamburyan, eventually forcing his rival to tap out in the second round after Manvel dislocated his shoulder.
3. His hero won’t surprise you!
Being a mixed-martial arts expert, an expert in Brazilian jiu-jitsu it’s rather fitting his hero growing up is a martial arts actor. But believe it or not, it isn’t Bruce Lee. In fact, Nate loved watching the movies of the muscles from Brussels Jean-Claude Van Damme.
4. His first loss came against a fighter his brother beat!
Boasting an 18-10 fighting record, Nate tasted defeat for the first time in the Pancrase: 2005 Neo-Blood Tournament Finals in Tokyo, Japan. He lost to Koji Oishi in a decision — just 3 months after his brother Nick had beaten his opponent.
5. Fans make him hold their babies!
Being a famous fighter has its perks, which is something that Nate has admitted loving. However, when he gets asked to hold babies, now that’s a different story. “I could do without the baby-holding requests,” he once said when asked what it’s like to be famous.
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