Stockton Strong: How Nate Diaz Became One Of MMA’s Biggest Stars


He Backs Up His Words:

Diaz shocked the world when he submitted Conor McGregor at UFC 196 via rear-naked choke. McGregor had maintained an undefeated record under the UFC and had made himself the antagonist through his repeated trash talking tactics.

The UFC lightweight championship bout was originally booked to be Rafael Dos Anjos vs. McGregor. However, after Dos Anjos would later suffer a severe injury, having broken his foot right before the fight.

On a 10-day day notice, Diaz stepped up to the challenge and would go on to end McGregor’s undefeated run. The amazing and surprising victory would marked the beginning of Diaz’ rise from a favorite among hardcore fans to a true household name in terms of MMA.