Nathan Diaz: The Lightweight Dark Horse

Nick ColonSenior Analyst ISeptember 13, 2008

Stockton, CA should be very proud to have an MMA fighter named Nathan Diaz representing their city.

Ever since the younger brother of Nick Diaz has hit the UFC scene, he's been unstoppable.  With wins on the hit show The Ultimate Fighter, Diaz's stardom has propelled him into a main event fight with Josh Neer.

Diaz, while spending time on TUF made a few friends, memories, and even enemies.  One of them includes his TUF buddy Manvel Gamburyan's cousin, Karo Parisyan.  However, this did not deter Diaz on his quest to winning the show.

Diaz, since being crown TUF champion at 155 lbs., has wins over Junior Assunciao, Alvin Robinson, and most recently, an impressive Triangle Choke submission over highly regarded Kurt Pellegrino.

If Diaz continues his domination in the Lightweight division, look for him to make headway into a title shot in late 2009.