UFC ‘finally recognizes’ Nate Diaz as a star


On this day, three years ago, we published an article about Joe Rogan crediting the UFC with “finally acknowledging” Nate Diaz as a superstar.

Nate Diaz has always had a strong cult following since entering the UFC by becoming the winner of the fifth season of The ultimate fighter. In fact, Diaz’s entire MMA career has been under Zuffa, which is a very rare statement to make and one that only he can make as someone still actively fighting in the business after 18 years.

Much of Diaz’s fame is due to his effortless work as a self-promoter and it’s also largely due to his following with Conor McGregor in which the Stockton star was able to score a submission win.

But by now, three years ago, Rogan believed the UFC was finally acknowledging that Diaz’s star power wasn’t limited to his feud with Conor McGregor.

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It turns out that despite Rogan’s praise for the UFC’s treatment of Diaz three years ago, the Stockton native has been at odds with the promotion for several months now, culminating in his fight this coming Saturday against Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279.

As this is the last fight on Diaz’s contract after he refused to re-sign with the promotion, many people are convinced that the UFC pairing him against the undefeated No. 3-ranked Chimaev is a way of re-signing him. show at the door maliciously. Others might argue that putting him in the main event despite losing his last two fights is the kind of superstar treatment that Rogan is referring to in the following article.

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On this day three years ago…


Headline: Joe Rogan Says UFC ‘Finally Recognizes’ Nate Diaz as a Star

Author: Fernando Quiles Jr.

UFC color commentator Joe Rogan thinks the UFC now understands Nate Diaz’s level of stardom.

Diaz had been at odds with the UFC over his drawing ability. UFC President Dana White was unconvinced that Diaz sucked without Conor McGregor as his opponent. The Stockton native sat out for three years before making his return at UFC 241. The event brought a record-breaking live gate for MMA events in the state of California.

Rogan says UFC now recognizes Diaz’s star power

In a new edition of Joe Rogan ExperienceRogan discussed the UFC’s realization of Diaz’s drawing ability (via BJPenn.com).

“I’m just glad the UFC is finally acknowledging the love and support [Diaz] has fans,” Rogan said. “For some reason they were so high on Conor McGregor and these other people they didn’t see [it]. One of the reasons Conor’s fight was so important was because of Nate Diaz. Nate Diaz is a star. When they put their faces on screen for the Pettis fight, the arena erupted. It was chaos. They have gone mad.

Rogan also noted that he thinks there was a time when Nate’s brother, Nick, was the one getting the attention.

“I think he was a bit overshadowed by his brother as well,” Rogan said. “His brother, when he was fighting in Strikeforce especially, was one of the best fighters in the world. He was just amazing. During his title reign, when he was at his peak and fighting in Strikeforce […] Nate just flew under the radar.


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