Top-Ranked UFC Fighter Challenges Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz & Joe Rogan

Getty Joe Rogan (R) interviews Nate Diaz during his weigh-in for UFC 202 at MGM Grand Conference Center on August 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

On Sunday, No. 4 ranked UFC lightweight Dan Hooker challenged Nate Diaz on Twitter to a bout days after Diaz posted a video that had social media users scratching their heads.

On Thursday night, Diaz shared a clip on Twitter of Dan Hooker knocking out Gilbert Burns, who is currently ranked No. 2 at welterweight, during their lightweight fight at UFC 226 in July 2018. After Diaz shared the clip, fans started speculating on why the fighter shared the video.

Diaz did not provide clarity on the post, however, but he did say Hooker was currently the No. 1 welterweight. Diaz made the claim after Hooker’s teammate, UFC middleweight champ Israel Adesanya, commented on the video, :’That’s a good a** fight!’”

Diaz replied to Adesanya, “Your boys the #1 welterweight right now.”

A few days after the post, Hooker tweeted to Diaz, posing a question. He tweeted, “so 55 or 70.” See below:

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Hooker currently fights at lightweight but judging by his tweet, he is willing to move up to welterweight to fight Diaz. Diaz has competed at welterweight for his last four fights, but he has a long history at 155 pounds as well

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Diaz Showed Interest in Fighting Jorge Masvidal in a Rematch, Unclear if That Fight Will Materialize Next

In November 2019, Diaz fought Jorge Masvidal for the “Baddest Motherf*****” belt in the main event of UFC 244. The highly anticipated bout delivered in action but ended before the fourth round. Diaz sustained a cut over his eye and the ringside doctor waved off the fight.

Since that loss, Diaz has expressed interest in rematching Masvidal, feeling like he had a lot more to give in the fight. Last month, reports surfaced that the UFC was in talks with the two fighters for a match in either December or January 2021, however not much has been said about it since.

Furthermore, Masvidal has been linked to a top-contender fight and grudge match with former training partner Colby Covington.


UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen Results

On Saturday, UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen broadcasted live from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. In the main event, top bantamweights Cory Sandhagen and Marlon Moraes fought and Sandhagen won the fight by TKO in the second round. See the fight card results below:

Main Card

Bantamweight Bout: Cory Sandhagen def. Marlon Moraes via Second-Round TKO
Featherweight Bout: Edson Barboza def. Makwan Amirkhani via Unanimous Decision (30–26, 30–27, 29–28)
Heavyweight Bout: Marcin Tybura def. Ben Rothwell via Unanimous Decision (29–27, 29–27, 29–27)
Middleweight Bout: Dricus du Plessis def. Markus Perez via First-Round KO
Heavyweight Bout: Tom Aspinall def. Alan Baudot via First-Round TKO
Featherweight Bout: llia Topuria def. Youssef Zalal via Unanimous Decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)

Preliminary Card

Middleweight Bout: Tom Breese def. KB Bhullar via First-Round TKO
Heavyweight Bout: Chris Daukaus def. Rodrigo Nascimento via First-Round KO
Middleweight Bout: Joaquin Buckley def. Impa Kasanganay via Second-Round KO
Bantamweight Bout: Tony Kelley def. Ali AlQaisi via Unanimous Decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28)
Featherweight Bout: Giga Chikadze def. Omar Morales via Unanimous Decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)
Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Tracy Cortez def. Stephanie Egger via Unanimous Decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)
Flyweight Bout: Tagir Ulanbekov def. Bruno Gustavo da Silva via Unanimous Decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28)

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