Fighter’s Challenge to Nate Diaz: ‘First 10-Round UFC Fight’

Nate Diaz

Getty Nate Diaz exits the Octagon after losing a unanimous decision to Leon Edwards at UFC 263 in June 2021.

Fighting superstar Nate Diaz is known for performing well late into a fight, so a top-ranked UFC fighter would love to test Diaz over ten rounds.

Diaz proved his effectiveness deep into a match during his last contest at UFC 263. In June 2021, Diaz fought Leon Edwards in a five-round affair and at the end of the last frame, he caught “Rocky” on the chin and nearly put him away. Diaz was unable to secure the finish, however, and Edwards won the fight by unanimous decision.

No. 6-ranked welterweight Vicente Luque is set to fight No. 5 Michael Chiesa during a featured match on the main card of UFC 265 on August 7, 2021. Luque is one of the more exciting fighters on the 170-pound roster, earning 11 of his 20 professional victories by KO/TKO. He is on a three-fight finishing streak, defeating former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley by submission in his last outing in March 2021.

Vicente Luque

GettyVicente Luque punches Tyron Woodley in their welterweight fight during UFC 260 in March 2021.

Speaking with ESPN on Wednesday ahead of his fight on Saturday, Luque spoke about the possibility of fighting Diaz, something that really excites him. In fact, “The Silent Assassin” has challenged Diaz in his last two post-fight interviews.

Luque once again reiterated his interest in fighting Nate Diaz, as well as his brother Nick Diaz.

“[Nate] had that exciting last minute that Nate Diaz always finds a way to threaten his opponent, and that’s why I wanted that fight so much,” Luque told ESPN on Wednesday. “I have that style. I’m always going to put my heart on the line. I’m always going to put my whatever I’ve got to do to get a win, and Nate is the same way. So I think it would be a great fight.

“I’m always down for that fight. Either Nate or Nick. Whenever they want to do five rounds, six rounds, we can do 10 rounds if they want to. We can have the first 10 round UFC fight. It would be awesome for me.”

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Luque Last Called Diaz Out at UFC 260, Called It the ‘Perfect Fight’

After toppling Woodley at UFC 260 in March, The Silent Assassin spoke with UFC color commentator Joe Rogan outside the Octagon. And he took the chance to once again call his shot against Diaz.

“I want to take this time to call out Nate Diaz,” Luque said. “I’ve called him out in the past and he didn’t respond. I think right now I got a big win, I got a great streak coming on and man, my style, it matches perfect. I’m going to go forward, I’m going to punch everybody in the face to try and get that knockout, every single minute and I think Nate is a perfect fight. Let’s go!”

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Luque Has Nearly 30 Professional Fights to His Name

The Silent Assassin has fought 28 times as a professional. He has a record of 20-7-1.

Luque has competed for the UFC 16 times, boasting a professional tally of 13-3. The Brazilian is 9-1 in his last 10 fights, defeating the likes of Mike Perry, Niko Price and Randy Brown.

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