UFC Welterweight contender Vicente Luque had called out the Stockton’s own Nate Diaz, after his impressive victory at UFC 260 against Tyron Woodley in March. Both Diaz and Luque are well known for their durability and toughness. Recently, Diaz spoke about his interest in fighting the Brazilian fighter.
But those who are hoping to see Nate Diaz return to the octagon soon against Vicente Luque or anyone else for that matter better re-adjust their expectations. According to Luque’s manager Ali Abdelaziz, Nate Diaz’s UFC contract is almost over with only one fight remaining in the contract and the promotion isn’t likely to let him fight until Diaz first agrees to sign a contract extension.
According to Ali Abdelaziz, there is definitely nothing wrong with Luque in terms of wanting the fight but he believes Diaz’s current contract situation with the UFC is likely the roadblock preventing the match-up from actually coming together. “Listen, I believe Nate Diaz has one fight left on his contract,” Abdelaziz told MMA Fighting in a recent interview. “I like the [Luque vs. Diaz] fight, I think it’s a great fight. I think the UFC, it’s a business, they want to make money and I think Nate and Conor [McGregor] will make them so much money.”
Abdelaziz continued saying, “I think the only way the UFC will agree to make this fight happen is if Nate re-signs with the UFC. But I don’t know if this is good for Nate to re-sign with the UFC.” Nate Diaz has been a member of the UFC roster since 2007 when he competed on The Ultimate Fighter reality show.
Nate Diaz and Vicente Luque exchange verbal shots at each other
For a few weeks now we have seen both Luque and Diaz hinting and outright confirming, that they want to meet in the octagon in what would be a huge welterweight showdown to end the year for the UFC. However, recently Nate Diaz took to twitter to disclose that he is currently without a fight contract, and reckoned that it could be because of Vicente Luque. Diaz wrote, “I ain’t got a contract It must be something wrong wit luque”
I ain’t got a contract— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) October 14, 2021
It must be something wrong wit luque
The Brazilian fighter quickly dismissed the allegations of Diaz and responded that he has never backed up from a fight. Luque even tried to raise the stakes by demanding Diaz to fight him in an ‘all stand up war’ with no takedowns allowed.
You know I’m in from day one! I’ve never backed up from a fight and I’m not gonna start now!! We can do it when and where you want I’m ready.— Vicente Luque (@VicenteLuqueMMA) October 14, 2021
I’ll raise my offer we can go as many rounds as you want and let’s make it an all stand up war no take downs allowed! #FOTY— Vicente Luque (@VicenteLuqueMMA) October 14, 2021
Both Diaz and Luque have expressed their interest to fight against each other and it’s upto the UFC now to make it possible. Luque has submitted both Tyron Woodley and Michael Chiesa in his last two outings. Whilst Diaz is coming off with a loss against Leon Edwards and wants to return to the octagon as soon as possible.