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Nate Diaz Could Return in August

Octagon superhero Nate Diaz has been chilling on the sidelines for a while, enjoying the piles of money he made fighting Irish dandy Conor McGregor twice. As well he should be.

But the yearn to get back into the cage is a powerful one for the man who’d just as soon fight you as shake your hand, plus, the UFC really needs stars to move the needle, and that’s pretty much what Diaz is now. Though it’s tough to pin down who he might fight next – Tyron Woodley? Conor McGregor? Some other dude? – at least the talk around the water cooler has him maybe coming back in August at UFC 227.

Maybe. Nothing is firm yet.

Here’s ESPN:

The UFC and Nate Diaz have discussed the possibility of him returning to the Octagon at UFC 227 on Aug. 4, according to sources.

Although an official deal remains uncertain, the two sides have at least discussed the August date as recently as last week, sources told ESPN.

Diaz (19-11) hasn’t fought since August 2016, when he suffered a majority decision defeat to Conor McGregor in the second bout of a two-fight rivalry. That event produced the fourth-highest MMA gate in the history of Nevada, drawing $ 7.7 million.

Whether it comes to fruition or not, UFC 227 would offer an attractive landing for Diaz’s return. The pay-per-view event will take place at Staples Center, in the fighter’s home state of California. A bantamweight title fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt has already been announced.

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Could Diaz Be Set To Return At UFC 227?

Jake Shields, one of Nate Diaz’s closest friends and training partners, recently declared that Nate Diaz could be nearing a return to the Octagon if Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) comes correct with it’s financial offers.

And a date for his possible comeback could be as early as Aug. 4, 2018. That’s according to a report by ESPN, which revealed that the promotion and the Stockton slugger have had talks recently regarding his return to action.

The UFC and Nate Diaz have discussed the possibility of him returning to the Octagon at UFC 227 on Aug. 4, according to sources. Although an official deal remains uncertain, the two sides have at least discussed the August date as recently as last week, sources told ESPN.

Diaz hasn’t competed since coming up short in his rematch against Conor McGregor back at UFC 202 nearly two years ago, preferring to sit on the sidelines in hopes of scoring a trilogy fight against the Irishman. But according to Shields, that isn’t the case anymore as Nate is simply looking for a good payday to make it worth his while to dust off his gloves.

And it’s a good thing, too, as it seems the promotion is high on booking a Lightweight title fight between “Notorious” and newly-crowned champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

As far as what weight class Nate will compete in, that is still very much up in the air as Diaz has fought in both the lightweight and welterweight divisions. That said, his adaptability gives him and the promotion a lot of wiggle room to find a suitable foe to lure him into singing on the dotted line.

UFC 227 is currently set to feature a Bantamweight championship rematch that will see division king T.J. Dillashaw defend his title against bitter rival Cody Garbrandt

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‘Broke’ Mayweather Training For Boxing Return, Not UFC Debut

Wait, so there’s a chance Floyd Mayweather Jr. is not going to become a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and face Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor in late 2018?

But … but … the training! The buffness! The billions!

That doesn’t mean “Money” is calling it quits just yet. Not because of the competitive fire, but rather because the aging pugilist is broke and needs the money. I guess this whopping payday wasn’t enough to rebound from all those tax troubles.

“Floyd’s not gonna do MMA but he is gonna box again,” former UFC title contender Chael Sonnen told TMZ Sports. “I will tell you unequivocally, right now, Floyd Mayweather does, and is planning, to box one more time.”

“Floyd’s broke,” he continued. “It does not matter what you made, it matters what you kept, and he is a dumb-dumb. Look, he’s just not a very bright guy. He’s surrounded with even less bright guys.”

Who needs brains when you have brawn Voltron?

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