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Nate Diaz Returns to UFC, Faces Dos Anjos


Nate Diaz will make his UFC return against Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC on Fox 13. UFC officials confirmed today that the lightweight matchup will serve as the co-main event of the December 13th card. After a year out of the organization, the two parties have ended a contract dispute to put Diaz back in the mix of the lightweight division.


Nate Diaz (17-9) broke a two-fight losing streak with a KO win over Gray Maynard back in November of 2013. Last month, UFC president Dana White stated that he and Diaz discussed the contract dispute after the TUF 20 finale: “You know, we were out having fun, we talked business for a little while. We got together in a room, and where he is and where we are, we’re not even close. He’s just got something in his head and we’ve got something else in our head.”

(Photo via Foxsports.com)
(Photo via Foxsports.com)

Now that the UFC and Nate Diaz have made amends, he has to prepare quickly for the power of Rafael Dos Anjos. Dos Anjos has taken 7 of his last 8 fights with a huge KO victory against former lightweight champion Benson Henderson. If Nate is planning on making a long term run in the UFC, he has to prove his worth by stopping the #3 lightweight in the hottest run of his MMA career. This fight represents a huge opportunity for both fighters to advance in the lightweight division. Both fighters boast a very well-rounded record, deadly when it comes to submissions while also packing KO punch potential. Watch the two Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belts battle it out live on Fox on December 13th.


UFC on Fox 13 lineup:

Junior Dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic

Nate Diaz vs. Rafael Dos Anjos

Alistair Overeem vs. Stefan Struve

Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Matt Mitrione

Jussier Formiga vs. John Moraga

Drew Dober vs. Jamie Varner

Derek Brunson vs. Ed Herman

Bryan Barberena vs. Joe Ellenberger

Joe Riggs vs. Ben Saunders

Anthony Birchak vs. Ian Entwistle

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Kurt Tellez is a Southern California-based writer and musician. He first developed a passion for writing and literature in high school that carried through to the completion of a B.A. in English from Cal State Fullerton in 2013. Inspired by Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickinson, Alan Moore and Hunter S. Thompson, he has pursued a career in writing through contributions to online magazine publications, blogging, and social media management. His musical studies began at thirteen, and has since played in garage bands, concert bands and jazz bands everywhere from Honolulu to The Matthew Street Beatles Festival in Liverpool. Kurt has followed MMA since becoming an avid listener of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Inspired by Eddie Bravo's appearances on the show, he became a member of Tenth Planet Jiu-Jitsu in 2014.