The experienced and acclaimed UFC fighter Nate Diaz carried out a triumphant farewell on his return to the company after beating the American Tony Ferguson in the fourth round of the main event of the night at the historic T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The last fight that he had scheduled by contract, after a series of back and forth with the company, it ended in the best way for the California native as, after a savage fight on the feet and with two minutes left in the round, took advantage of an attack by his rival to perform a guillotine choke.
The 37-year-old wrestler is one of the most recognized of the competition and this victory earned him to close a cycle and put an end to his career in the largest mixed martial arts company.
Less than a day before the start of the event, one of the least expected news arrived: Khamzat Chimaev, with whom he had to get into the ring, could not overcome the scale weighing 7 pounds over.
His rival quickly became Tony Ferguson, who needed a victory to end the losing streak that he had chained until May 2022 (four consecutive). However, after a wild start in which both were protagonists of good blows and takedowns, the 38-year-old fighter fell again.
in the first round Ferguson ended up with a cut on his leg, while in the second he was able to recover and equalize the situations with good combinations of punches and kicks that broke Diaz’s defense.
In the fourth round, the situation changed. Diaz chose to change the striking for floor work and there he found the key to triumph. After cornering him against one of the walls of the cage, Cucuy tried to knock him down and it was at that moment when Nate Diaz initiated the submission.
He sat down on the canvas, locked Ferguson’s head against his torso, and he flipped onto his back causing a guillotine choke from which his rival could not get out. Finally, before tapas, the referee stopped the action while Díaz celebrated with the public.
“All I know is that it has been a love-hate relationship between myself and the UFC the entire time I have been in the organization, but at the end of the day i love ufc. I want to get out of the UFC for a minute and show all these fighters how to do well in another sport, ”he explained after the fight and before comparing himself with his historic rival. conor mcgregor
“McGregor didn’t know how to do it. None of these other fighters know how to do it. I’m going to get in there, I’m going to take another profession and become the best. I’m going to show everyone that I’m the best at it and I’m going to come back here to win the UFC title, the best title in the world,” he said, alluding to his possible foray into the world of boxing.
At 37 years old, Nate Diaz became one of the stars of the UFC starring in epic fights like the two against the Irishman or the fight with Jorge Masvidal for the BMF belt (‘Baddest MotherFucker’, in English), a new award that premiered in that confrontation to the “baddest of all”. In total it accumulates 21 wins and 13 losses.
“Congratulations to Nate Diaz for reaching the end of his contractual obligations with the UFC. An incredible feat. Fair play. Our trilogy will happen.” wrote The Notorious in your account Twitter.
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