Aug 5, 2023; Dallas, Texas, USA; Jake Paul (right) fights against Nate Diaz in a boxing match at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Diaz Eyes UFC 300, But Who Will He Face?

Uncertainty Surrounds Potential Opponent for Diaz's Comeback

Nate Diaz, the acclaimed former lightweight title challenger and a consistent figure in the welterweight division, is contemplating a sensational return to the UFC, possibly at the landmark UFC 300 event. Despite his enthusiasm for a comeback, Diaz faces a dilemma: the absence of a clear opponent.

A Storied Career and a Hiatus
Diaz, a seasoned veteran from Stockton, made waves in the UFC, challenging for the undisputed lightweight championship. His tenure with Dana White’s organization concluded in November last year, culminating a journey marked by memorable battles, including a headlining triumph against Tony Ferguson at UFC 279.

His post-UFC career saw him stepping into the boxing ring in August, where he faced Ohio’s Jake Paul, enduring a unanimous decision defeat. This shift to boxing, however, didn’t quell the speculation about his return to the Octagon.

The Comeback Buzz
This weekend, the MMA community buzzed with anticipation as Diaz hinted at a return with a cryptic “it’s time” post on social media. Addressing the possibility of featuring in UFC 300 next April, Diaz acknowledged that such a return would be “tight,” yet he remains without a viable contender to face.

Potential Matchups on the Horizon?
While names like former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier have surfaced, along with talks of a trilogy bout with Conor McGregor, nothing is set in stone. The question on every fan’s mind is, who will step up to challenge Nate Diaz in what promises to be a monumental event?

As we await further developments, one thing is certain: Nate Diaz’s potential return to the UFC will be a key storyline in the lead-up to UFC 300. But who will stand across the Octagon from him remains an intriguing mystery. Could this uncertainty spark a new rivalry, or will an old foe rise to the occasion? Stay tuned as this story unfolds.

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