Nate Diaz (born April 16, 1985) is an American professional mixed martial artist (MMA) currently competing for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He was the winner of (TUF) The Ultimate Fighter Season 5. Diaz is the younger brother of former Strikeforce Champion and WEC Champion, Nick Diaz. Before signing with the UFC, Diaz competed in World Extreme Cagefighting, Strikeforce, and Pancrase. As of 2017, Diaz is #8 in official UFC lightweight rankings.
“When I started jiu-jitsu, we were already boxing. I was learning in a jiu-jitsu gym, and we would box after training. It’s funny: Anybody who was better than me on the ground, I was better than them standing up. So I got real confident in my stand-up and boxing and kickboxing. I never was a ground guy or a stand-up guy; I just did it all, from the beginning.” Diaz told Esquire when asked about his start in the fight game.