Nate Diaz’ brief stint in the welterweight division appears to be at an end after his convincing defeat to Roy MacDonald at UFC 129 on Saturday night.
Diaz had started brightly after a move up to 170lbs, winning his first two fights, but he’s since lost a further two bouts back-to-back, and that’s enough to convince his camp that it’s time for him to move back down to lightweight where he currently holds a 6-3 record.
“Nate Diaz didn’t look too good. I’m gonna be the first one to say it. He looked lethargic out there and he’s been asking me to go back to 155 for some time now,” his coach Cesar Gracie told MMAMania.
“Nathan was one of the contenders at 155 so we brought him up to 170 but it looks like we’ll probably bring him back down to 155 where he belongs.”
It’s true that even after his victories at welterweight Diaz has indicated that he still has unfinished business at lightweight, so now seems as good a time as any to make that happen. While he seems to lack punching power in the lighter weight class, size and strength wise it’s undoubtedly a better fit for him.