Dana White recently stated that he is not sure whether Nate Diaz would fight in 2021. The fighter has been inactive for over a year.
Nate Diaz is one of the fighters whose in-ring return is apparently due in 2021. However, according to the UFC president Dana White, the Stockton Slugger’s comeback is not a subject of certainty.
Recently, in a Q & A session sponsored by ESPN, White outrightly implied that he not counting on Nate to make his return anytime soon, though did say that he “would like to see him fight.”
Nate Diaz is a UFC veteran and a fan-favorite fighter. He may not carry the most ideal record but his famous in-ring brawls with Conor McGregor and his contention to become the promotion’s BMF has fetched him an elite stature. Thus, why even by being an A-lister, he is not scheduled to be seen in the foreseeable future? Moreover, why Dana White is uncertain about his return when it’s already been more than 13 months since the enthusiasts last saw him taking his southpaw stance?
Why Dana White is not sure if Nate Diaz would fight in 2021?
Nate Diaz, 35, is still at his physical peak. However, over the years, frequent injury issues and troubles with USADA have left him largely inactive. The fighter last stepped inside the 8-sided closed figure in 2019, against Jorge Masvidal, and ever since then, he is been sidelined for reasons unknown.
While in 2020 there appeared speculations that a targetted bout with Jorge Masvidal is in works, but there is no update regarding the rematch, and if there were any talks regarding the fight, they are most definitely phased out as the matchmakers are interested in a potential Colby Covington Vs. Jorge Masvidal match-up.
Recording a total of four outings in the last four years, Nate Diaz is certainly not a convincing go-to fighter, and though the global pandemic also did not help his case. But, all in all, his inconsistency is probably the reason why Dana White is not sure whether even in 2021 he will mark his return.
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