Diaz’s future plans have been leaked by UFC legend Chael Sonnen who has revealed that Diaz is planning to tackle Vicente Luque on his return to the cage
Nate Diaz’s plans to fight Vicente Luque on his UFC return have been leaked by former cage legend Chael Sonnen.
The American is but to fight since his unanimous resolution defeat to Leon Edwards again in June.
And he has been linked with an entire host of choices upon his return together with Dustin Poirier and former two-time rival Conor McGregor.
But Sonnen has revealed that Diaz has spoken of his need to tackle Luque upon his return to the cage.
“Nate said, ‘I want [Vicente] Luque.’ And I said, ‘What do you like about Luque?’,” Sonnen stated on his YouTube channe l. “Nate said, ‘I like the number next to his name.’ Went and looked it up, Luque happens to be number three.
“So I got here again to Nate and stated, ‘Wait a minute. Why do you wanna be the highest contender in case you do not plan to make use of that contendership?’
“This is all about Jake Paul – Nate going and boxing Jake Paul. But why [does he] wanna do that with Luque? And said, ‘Well, you know those are the types of matchups I like to do.’
“And he stated, ‘Chael, what do you consider Tony Ferguson?’ My first considered Ferguson was that he is a [155-pounder]. My different thought on Tony Ferguson was, ‘Nate, what within the heck has taken so lengthy?’ That might be one of essentially the most large fights.”
Diaz is one of the leading stars in the UFC and has taken part in several historic bouts including his duel with Jorge Masvidal.
And a fight with Luque would represent a huge battle at welterweight with the Brazilian currently on a four-fight win streak.
Although Diaz’s future currently remains up in the air with UFC president Dana White uncertain that the 36-year-old will sign a new deal with the company.
But with any departure from the UFC, Diaz has been encouraged by UFC lightweight Josh Thomson to accept a challenge from YouTube star Jake Paul before completing his trilogy with McGregor.
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He instructed ‘ Weighing In ‘: “He’s leaving the UFC, he’s fighting Jake Paul. Just stop, ok. This is his last fight, he’s not fighting in the UFC anymore. He’s gonna leave and he’s gonna fight Jake Paul.
“He’s simply making an attempt to get a fight to get out the door, he is finished with MMA. He is aware of that fight is gonna make him double then he’d make [against McGregor].
“Conor’s not that draw anymore that he once was. Conor can’t get out of his contract, he’s on an eight or ten fight deal I believe. So he’s stuck with the UFC forever.
“Speaking from a Nate level of view, I feel Nate’s gonna go away and find yourself combating Jake Paul in boxing.”
Any renewal of rivalry with McGregor could present a career-high purse for Diaz who could be approaching the twilight years of his career.
Bizarrely Diaz has also been advised by former British government official Dominic Cummings to end his association with the UFC.