Nate Diaz was born to a Mexican-American household in Stockton, California in 1985. He has an elder brother named Nick, with whom he began martial arts training when he was 11 years old. Diaz attended Tokay High School in Lodi, California as a youngster.
Diaz started his professional fighting career mostly with World Extreme Cagefighting. He defeated Alejandro Garcia in his debut bout in 2004. Two years later, he lost in the second round to Hermes França for the WEC Lightweight Championship. Diaz also competed in Pancrase and Strikeforce in addition to WEC.
What is Nate Diaz’s Net Worth and Salary?
|Date of Birth:
|Apr 16, 1985 (37 years old)
|6 ft (1.83 m)
|Mixed Martial Artist
|United States of America
Nate Diaz is a professional MMA fighter for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. According to Celebritynetworth Nate Diaz has an estimated net worth of $8 million. Prior to winning the fifth season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” he participated in World Extreme Cagefighting, Pancrase, and Strikeforce. Diaz is the younger brother of current UFC fighter and former welterweight champion, Nick Diaz.
Earning from Fighting
According to reports, Nate was paid $2 million to attend the Conor McGregor bout. He received $250,000 from Reebok, $50,000 for the bout of the night bonus, and $150,000 for attending an after-party. Most significantly, he received a portion of the PPV income. His PPV stake was valued at $10.5 million. Nate made a total of $13 million from the night. Conor was paid $15 million.
Diaz enjoyed early success in the UFC after winning “The Ultimate Fighter,” defeating opponents like as Alvin Robinson and Junior Assunço. However, he requested more difficult opponents, which led to a fight against Kurt Pellegrino at UFC Fight Night 13. Diaz won the bout through triangle-choke submission. At UFC Fight Night 15, he faced and beat Josh Neer. Diaz suffered his first UFC defeat against Clay Guida at UFC 94 in 2009. He was more successful in the main event at UFC Fight Night 19, as he defeated Melvin Guillard by guillotine choke submission.
Diaz opted to move up in weight class in 2010 after losing three of four fights. He went on to make his welterweight debut against Rory Markham at UFC 111, however, the fight was converted to a catchweight match after the weigh-ins. Diaz eventually won through TKO in the first round. He then opted to fight in both weight divisions. He defeated Marcus Davis in a welterweight battle at UFC 118 by knocking him unconscious with a guillotine choke submission.
UFC Career Extension
Diaz was defeated by Dong Hyun Kim and Rory MacDonald in early 2011. Later that year, at UFC 135, he defeated PRIDE Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi. He won again at UFC 141 against Donald Cerrone in one of the greatest performances of his career. Diaz beat Jim Miller with a rolling guillotine choke in another fantastic bout at UFC on Fox 3. Diaz was removed from the UFC’s lightweight rankings in May 2014 after the promotion considered him inactive.
Diaz fought again in December 2014, this time against Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC on Fox 13. Diaz, on the other hand, overweighed and was penalised 20% of his purse, which finally went to Anjos. Diaz then took a year off before returning in December 2015 to face Michael Johnson, which he won by unanimous decision. Diaz battled and beat Conor McGregor at UFC 196 the next year. Diaz won the bout by submission, giving him his ninth submission victory in the UFC, tying him for second all-time.
Diaz has courted controversy throughout his UFC career for his occasionally harsh and incendiary demeanor. In 2013, the UFC banned him for 90 days and fined him $20,000 for using a homophobic slur on Twitter. Later that year, in 2015, he drew notice for a harsh post-fight interview on live television in which he shouted out competitor Conor McGregor.
Diaz broke the USADA regulation by consuming a CBD vape pen four hours after his bout during a post-fight news conference in 2016. He was not sanctioned, however, since CBD is not considered a performance-enhancing substance. The drug was later removed from the USADA’s list of prohibited substances.
Honors and Distinctions
Diaz has many Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night bonuses among his many professional accomplishments. He has also won Knockout of the Night and Performance of the Night awards. Diaz earned the World MMA Award for Submission of the Year in 2016 for his battle with Conor McGregor.
Diaz and Jim Miller each have seven submission wins in the UFC Lightweight division. He is also tied with Frankie Edgar for the most Fight of the Night bonuses, at eight.
Diaz obtained his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu at the Cesar Gracie training academy in Pleasant Hill, California in 2012. Diaz co-owns Nick Diaz Academy, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu school in Stockton, California, with his brother. The Diaz brothers also launched Game Up Nutrition, a CBD firm, and collaborated with California Finest on a legal line of marijuana pre-rolls.
Diaz has a daughter named Nikayla with his girlfriend Misty Brown.