By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
Cub Swanson is down to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 222!
The perennial featherweight contender, Cub Swanson, recently responded to a fan on Twitter where he offered to help save March’s UFC 222 event by fighting Nate Diaz.
The fan had tweeted “Nate Diaz vs Cub Swanson UFC 222 Save the PPV!”, to which Cub replied “I’m down!”
UFC 222 recently lost its event headliner after Max Holloway was forced out of his title fight with Frankie Edgar due to an injury.
Cub Swanson has gone 4-1 over his past five fights, with his lone loss in that time coming to Brian Ortega.
Meanwhile, Nate Diaz has not competed since suffering a controversial majority decision loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 202.
Would you like to see this fight put together by the UFC?
Nate Diaz is interested in saving UFC 222!
Former UFC lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz says he is interested in saving March’s UFC 222 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas.
The Stockton Slugger revealed the exciting news to the LA Times Lance Pugmire.
“The best option to fill in for the @BlessedMMA void at #UFC222 is @NateDiaz209 and he tells me he’s 💯 interested….make it happen @ufc” – Lance Pugmire
UFC 222, which goes gown on March 3, recently lost its headliner as UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway suffered an injury and will no longer be able to defend his title against Frankie Edgar.
“The Answer” is still expected to compete at the event, as the promotion is hoping to book him in a non-title bout against Brian Ortega.
The UFC 222 pay-per-view event definitely needs some serious help and Nate Diaz may be the only solid option who is willing and available.
Who would you like to see Nate Diaz fight if he steps up and saves UFC 222?
UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley could potentially be defending his title against Nate Diaz at UFC 219.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Earlier today BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor confirmed that Nate Diaz had started a new fight camp and was closing in on a deal which would see him return at the December 30 event in Las Vegas.
This evening MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed that a bout between Woodley and Diaz was being discussed by UFC officials but that no deal has been reached as of yet.
Nate Diaz has not competed since UFC 202 where he suffered a majority decision loss to current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in a bout contested at welterweight.
“The Stockton Slugger” had previously defeated “Mystic Mac” at UFC 196 by way of second-round submission (rear-naked choke).
Meanwhile, Tyron Woodley was most recently seen in action at July’s UFC 214 event in Anaheim, where he successfully defended his title against submission specialist Demian Maia.
“T-Wood” has gone 5-0-1 over his past six octagon appearances scoring wins over Dong Hyun Kim, Kelvin Gastelum, Robbie Lawler, Stephen Thompson and the aforementioned Demian Maia in that time.
Woodley’s last loss came way back at UFC 174 in June of 2014 when he was outpointed by former title challenger Rory MacDonald.
Who do you think will emerge victorious if Tyron Woodley and Nate Diaz square off for the welterweight title at UFC 219 on December 30 in Las Vegas?
By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
Current UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and perennial lightweight contender Nate Diaz squared off for a second time in the main event of UFC 202 this past August in Las Vegas.
The Diaz vs. McGregor rematch lived up to the massive hype as the bitter rivals went to war for twenty-five minutes, with Conor McGregor eventually being award a majority decision win from the judges working the event.
The bout was awarded “fight of the night” honors at the UFC 202 post-fight press conference and is thought by many to be a “fight of the year” candidate.
In the pairs first encounter at UFC 196, the “Stockton Slugger” was able to score a second-round submission victory over “Mystic Mac”, this after taking the bout on extremely short-notice.
Many fans are hopeful that UFC officials will eventually put together a third and deciding fight between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor.
However, that trilogy bout will have to wait, as Conor McGregor is currently set to headline UFC 205 in New York opposite lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.
If McGregor can defeat Alvarez at the famed Madison Square Garden Arena, he would become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts simultaneously.
The brash Irish superstar has gone 8-1 during his UFC career, scoring stoppage victories in six of those eight wins.
Meanwhile, Nate Diaz has gone on record as saying that the only fight which will bring him back in to the octagon is a trilogy bout with Conor McGregor.
Following their epic battle at UFC 202 in Las Vegas, Conor McGregor stated that if he were to do a trilogy bout with Nate Diaz it would take place at 155-pounds, this after their first two encounters took place at welterweight (170-pounds).
Who do you think would emerge victorious if and when Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz square off for a third time?