The UFC is starved for stars and proven box office draws, so a Nate Diaz comeback would mean big business for the mixed martial arts promotion. All of a sudden it appears that might be a possibility in 2018.
Diaz said in an expletive-laden Instagram post Tuesday he’s “sick of sitting around” and hinted that he’s planning a comeback for some time May or June.
The fan favourite, known to most mainstream MMA fans as Conor McGregor’s biggest rival, said there’s “no excitement” currently in the fight game and sent a message to his peers to “step your games up” before signing off and dubbing himself “The Real Champ.”
Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez was quick to respond to Diaz’s post with a formal challenge.
— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) January 24, 2018
Diaz (19-11) last fought in August 2016, losing a majority decision to McGregor in an anticipated rematch. Diaz became the first and only fighter to defeat McGregor in the UFC at UFC 196 in March 2016.