The Ultimate Fighting Championship has released a video promo hyping the impending Nate Diaz’s return to the cage, but it does not include his win over Conor McGregor.
Snapping a three-year hiatus, Diaz will return to action at the UFC 241 pay-per-view event this August in a welterweight clash with fellow former lightweight, Anthony Pettis.
Before his MMA comeback, Diaz tussled with the former two-division champion, McGregor twice, with both fighters scoring one win each.
The two mammoth fights had set the second and third highest pay-per-view buys in the promotion’s history.
Diaz drew first blood in their rivalry as he submitted McGregor in the second round of their welterweight match to earn the Submission Of The Year recognition.
The rematch went the distance, but this time it was the Irishman who came out on top, winning the judges’ scorecards, while getting the nod for the Fight Of The Year honours.
However, none of the two classic fights was included in the video promo for Diaz’s Octagon return.
— For The Win (@ForTheWin) June 4, 2019
No Trilogy Fight
While many fans are clamouring for a third instalment to the Diaz-McGregor rivalry, the Stockton bad boy has dismissed the possibilities of another dance with “The Notorious.”
In an interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Diaz made it clear that he has no interest in fighting McGregor again, citing he is already done at 155 pounds.
“No, I’m not interested in it at all,” the Stockton slugger said.
“I’m interested in winners. He lost his last fight, and I won my last fight.”
“You think I’m trying to fight someone who just got his ass beat all over the place?”
“I’m a black belt in jiu-jitsu, that s**t wouldn’t happen to me. Real jiu-jitsu, Gracie jiu-jitsu.”
“Conor’s ass was really disappointing to me. Because what happened was, like I said, I didn’t lose that fight.”
Nate Diaz will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon in a welterweight bout against former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 in August.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 12, 2019
Everyone is pretty pumped up for the return of one of the most exciting fighters in the sport.
The Nevada-based promotion has made a step to build hype for his impending comeback, but the fans noticed that something was missing from the Nate Diaz promo.
In an Instagram post from the official UFC account, the video featured Diaz’s wins over the likes Michael Johnson, Takanori Gomi, Gray Maynard, but his submission victory over McGregor was clearly excluded.
It was Diaz’s most recent win, and as mentioned above, it was awarded as the Submission of the Year in 2016, so it is a major sacrilege to ignore it.
Fans cannot help but speculate that the UFC is coddling its biggest draw.
Watch the video promo for Nate Diaz’s return, which will happen in the main card of UFC 241!
Can Nate Diaz bring his glory days back when he returns?
Let’s all find out this summer.
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