UFC superstar Nate Diaz recently took to Twitter and hinted at a fighter who may be in his crosshairs.
He shared a clip of the No. 4-ranked UFC welterweight Vicente Luque, who has challenged Diaz several times in the past. The clip Diaz posted on Twitter was when “The Silent Assassin” finished former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in the first round via submission in March 2021. In the video, Luque called out Diaz.
Diaz shared the fist emoji along with the clip, presumably entertaining the idea. See Diaz’s tweet below:
“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!”
As mentioned, Luque has challenged Diaz many times before, however the Stockton, California, native has never really publicly entertained the idea. But now it appears he’s considering it, and it’s likely due to Luque’s recent streak. The Silent Assassin has won his last four fights in a row, which includes his last victory, a submission win over Michael Chiesa in August 2021.
Luque is 10-1 in his last 11 bouts, losing only to Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in 2019.
The Silent Assassin is one of the most exciting fighters to watch in the UFC’s loaded 170-pound division, boasting a professional record of 21-7 with 11 wins coming by KO/TKO and eight by submission.
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It Appears That Diaz Is Prepared to Challenge Himself Against Another Lesser-Known Contender
Diaz is known for challenging himself against tough opponents and he likely looks at Luque as just that. Diaz last fought in June 2021 when he dropped a unanimous decision to No. 3-ranked welterweight Leon Edwards. When it was announced that Diaz was fighting “Rocky,” many in the MMA community were surprised as Edward was a difficult stylistic matchup for Diaz, and his star power is relatively low compared to other names in the division.
With Diaz possibly considering Luque as his next opponent, it shows that he is still interested in fighting the best the UFC has to offer, even if they aren’t a name like Diaz’s rivals, Conor McGregor and Jorge Masvidal.
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Diaz Is On a 2-Fight Losing Streak, 3-3 In His Last 6 Contests
Diaz has split his last six fights, winning and losing three times each. In this current stretch, dating back to 2015, Diaz defeated Conor McGregor, Anthony Pettis and Michael Johnson.
Diaz lost to Edward, Jorge Masvidal and McGregor.
Diaz has a professional record of 20-13, with five wins coming by KO/TKO and 11 by submission.
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