UFC 263
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Nate Diaz Is Still A Superstar

Few times in the history of MMA have there been fighters that come along that push the needle and get the fans truly excited for an event. Conor McGregor, Georges St-Pierre, Ronda Rousey to name a few. But over the past few years, Nate Diaz has proved himself to be among the biggest draws in MMA today. His ability to rally fans behind him and show him unconditional love and support is unlike anything we have seen in recent memory. His year and a half layoff proved to mean nothing to the fans, as upon his return to the octagon last night, he showed the world he is still a superstar.

If you think about it, the stardom that is Nate Diaz is a mystery. A professional record of 20-13 shows that he can be both dominant but inconsistent. He has impressive wins on his resume, beating the likes of the aforementioned Conor McGregor, Anthony Pettis, Donald Cerrone, and Michael Johnson. His fight against Jorge Masvidal, who let’s not forget is garbage, was stopped due to a doctor stoppage thanks to his scar tissue being split open. One can argue he was winning that fight. A fight, mind you, that was for the BMF (Baddest Mother Fucker) title that was created specifically for these two. Who else can just come in and create a belt like this and fight for it? Draws can, and that is what Nate Diaz is.

Come on, do you know any fighters who would smoke at the post-fight press conference? This is who Nate Diaz is. I think that’s what makes him so relatable is that he is literally just a dude just like the rest of us. From Stockton, California, Diaz is as laid back as they come and does what he wants when he wants to. There is no denying that Diaz is a badass and will kick your tail, but will also chill with you and light up as well. The people’s champion you could say (shoutout to The Rock).

The long layoff may have scared some away from picking Nate Diaz last night in his fight against Leon Edwards at UFC 263, but it was clear that he still had the support from his die-hard fans both in attendance and all around the world. While I may have made my official prediction of Edwards by UD (which I did get correctly), the entire time I found myself glued to my tv, rooting for Diaz to pull off another stunner of a fight and upset the #3 ranked fighter in the division. That is what Diaz does to people, he gets you to root for him no matter what. That right there is a superstar. Let’s be grateful for him while he is around because he won’t be forever and there will never be another Nathan Diaz.

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