LAS VEGAS – It seems free agency could be in Nate Diaz’s future.

Saturday, UFC president Dana White said Diaz (20-13 MMA, 15-11 UFC) has one fight left on his contract. White confirmed the news to reporters at the UFC Fight Night 196 post-fight news conference following a report by Ariel Helwani.

“He’s got one more fight,” White said. “We’re working on a fight for him. Tony (Ferguson) wasn’t one of the guys we’re working on, but we’re working on a fight for Nate now. He’s got one fight left (on his contract).

It’s unknown if Diaz intendeds to re-sign with the UFC or fight out his contract and test free agency. White didn’t disclose any further details on potential negotiations with the native of Stockton, Calif.

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Diaz, one of the the UFC’s biggest stars and one of the most well-known names in combat sports, has been angling for bouts with Vicente Luque and Ferguson recently on his social media. He’s also been vocal about a December return date.

The 36-year-old most recently fought in June, when he lost a unanimous decision to top contender Leon Edwards. He’s currently on a two-fight skid with a loss to Jorge Masvidal prior to the fight with Edwards. Diaz’s most recent win was a decision victory over former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in 2019.


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