Nate Diaz recently declared that he was moving on from fighting at lightweight, but Aaron Weinbaum has been declaring this since September 2018.
On June 3rd of this year, Nate Diaz made a prominent return to Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. During that epic interview, Ariel asked the question about Diaz returning to 155 pounds. Nate had quite an answer: “There’s nothing for me there. I already did everything, beat everybody. I’m the king of that division.”
Nate Diaz says he's done at 155.
"There’s nothing for me there. I already did everything, beat everybody. I’m the king of that division."#HelwaniShow @arielhelwani https://t.co/5Dw2yjU2UF
— Greg Rosenstein (@grosenstein) June 3, 2019
If only someone had predicted Nate Diaz would never return to lightweight…. oh wait, I did. I have been telling everyone within ear shot since September of 2018. Here’s the breakdown:
I’m not fighting on that show fuk the @ufc
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) August 3, 2018
Then came two more ominous tweets:
I’m Happy to announce that I’m bringing a new weight devision to the Ufc
I’ll be fighting the main event November 3rd in nyc against Dustin Poirier for the first ever 165lb belt superfighter devision
I’m happy to be apart of history @ufc @danawhite
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) September 26, 2018
Then came Dustin’s response:
Hold that noise. I'm 100% down https://t.co/tucv55JMqi
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) September 28, 2018
From there the two seemed to be trying to make their own championship main event for a 165 pound division that didn’t exist.
Nate Diaz never makes 155 pounds again… I don’t know that he can make 155 pounds and here’s why so forgive me for reading here.. He’s getting older, he has not made the weight since December 2015-Aaron Weinbaum,“MMA Fight Picks” podcast, Sept. 29, 2018
You can hear the full episode introduction on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/
Here’s why I have been predicting Nate was done with lightweight for almost 8 months. Let us not forget, that from March 2010 to April 2011 he had a stint at welterweight, because he said he didn’t get paid enough to cut all that weight.
Here is a January 2010 quote Nate made to MMA Junkie (full article here https://mmajunkie.com/2010/01/
After Nate returned to lightweight, he won a few fights and earned a title shot with Benson Henderson in December 2012. What you may not remember is Nate initially weighed in at 156 pounds, one pound over the championship weight of 155 pounds. Nate acted surprised that there was not a one pound allowance for a title fight, but there is no way his team didn’t inform him.
In December 2014, a fight against Rafeal dos Anjos, Nate missed weight badly, weighing in at 160.5 pounds. Nate is getting older and hasn’t made the weight since December 2015 for his fight against Michael Johnson.
If we have learned one thing about MMA weight cutting, the older you get, the harder it is to get the weight off in a healthy manner.
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