Nate Diaz has finally agreed to make his long awaited comeback to the Octagon against Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 in Anaheim on August 17th, with both men agreeing to compete at welterweight.
The fight, which will serve as the co-main event of the evening, will see Diaz fight for the first time in three years, with his previous outing being his blockbuster rematch with Conor McGregor at UFC 202, which saw him come out on the wrong end of a majority decision.
At the time that fight helped UFC 202 to become the biggest pay-per-view in the history of the organization with 1.65 million buys, though that has since been superceded by McGregor’s fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 last year.
As such, Diaz made a fortune, having been able to demand a large salary and cut of the PPV profits, and he was in no hurry to return to the Octagon afterwards.
Now Diaz returns at 34-years-of-age to fight Pettis, who moved up to the welterweight division recently after mixed results at lightweight and made a stunning first impression when he knocked out Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson with a superman punch off the cage.
Diaz Vs Pettis joins a UFC 241 card that will be headlined by a heavyweight title rematch between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic.