UFC Rumors: Nate Diaz Eyeing December Fight, Has 'Several High-Profile Options'

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVAugust 18, 2021

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - JUNE 12: Nate Diaz (L) fights Leon Edwards of Jamaica during their UFC 263 welterweight match at Gila River Arena on June 12, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona.
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Nate Diaz has apparently set a date for his UFC return.

Diaz posted a picture Wednesday on Instagram, saying "Defending in December." Damon Martin of MMA Fighting reported the welterweight has "several high-profile options” for a potential bout to cap the year.

Diaz lost via unanimous decision to Leon Edwards at UFC 263 in June and has dropped three of his last four fights overall.

While Edwards clearly beat Diaz on the cards, Diaz fought valiantly for all five rounds and nearly knocked Edwards out in the fifth. It was a quintessential Diaz bout. It didn't matter that he lost because the crowd was screaming for Diaz when the final bell sounded.

Dustin Poirier has been mentioned as a potential opponent for Diaz given their war of words  on social media. Poirier has beaten Conor McGregor twice this year and has earned a title shot, so Diaz might be a little below him on the pecking order at this point. However, the two have an unfinished score to settle after a bout scheduled for 2018 was called off. 

“Wolf tickets. … You know how these negotiations go,” Poirier said on The MMA Hour. “Unless they’re talking to him and they said something ... Nothing’s been offered to me at all. I haven’t spoken to the UFC. I can’t say the same for Nate, for Nathaniel. But like I said, I think they will call me soon.”