Nate Diaz’s contract expiry date is fast approaching.
Diaz hasn’t competed since a unanimous decision defeat to Leon Edwards back in June 2021. Since then, the Stockton native has been extremely vocal about getting his next fight.
That next fight happens to be the last fight of his contract, but over a year on from his last outing, Diaz is still yet to be lined up with an opponent.
It’s gotten to the point where Diaz has regularly asked for his release and even called to compete on a Bellator card.
As far as UFC president Dana White is concerned, Diaz will get a fight soon as long as long as he doesn’t turn any down to which the latter responded:
Dana said Francis Ngannou was injured and couldn’t fight right now
Idk why he was so confused in interview.
And in the last 9 months I been offered 0 fights and I asked for 5 legitimate opponents ..
Thanks u for the kind words can I go now 👊🏼
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) July 17, 2022
Whatever the truth is, the UFC will need to act quick.
Nate Diaz Contract Expiring In October
As per ESPN’s Marc Raimondi, Diaz’s contract is expiring soon.
“Diaz’s contract does have an expiration date, though it’s unclear when that is precisely. Sources said it is sometime in the fall, potentially before November.”
Ariel Helwani would later add that the expiration date was October 19.
While it’s not clear if there are any further stipulations, if that expiry date is indeed the case, the UFC will need to line up a fight for Diaz sooner rather than later, or risk losing him to the open market.
One thing is for sure — there is certainly no shortage of suitors looking to fight Diaz next.