Nate Diaz is among the most iconic fighters to have ever set foot inside the octagon. He is currently training to face off against Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279 in what could be his last fight with the promotion.
Diaz has earned long-lasting respect from fans through his gritty fights and unstoppable mentality inside the cage.
Chael Sonnen has come up with an interesting pick for Nate Diaz’s finest performance in the UFC, and it has nothing to do with Conor McGregor.
At UFC 196, Nate Diaz faced Conor McGregor. In one of the organization’s most memorable moments, the Stockton fighter submitted ‘Notorious’ via rear-naked choke in the second round.
Despite the enormity of Diaz’s win over McGregor, Chael Sonnen chose a different fight for the 37-year-old lightweight’s “single greatest performance.” ‘The American Gangster’ stated in a video uploaded to his YouTube channel:
“He won all three rounds against a former world champion, who once upon a time was on the cover of the Wheaties box, Anthony Pettis. I think Nate’s single greatest performance, pushing the pace, staying on him, implementing his game plan.”
Sonnen expanded on why he felt Diaz’s fight against Pettis was his best ever:
“But what I loved about it was different, he did it from the second that referee said ‘go.’ He did not throw away a part of a round or an entire round, or sometimes with Nate, seven minutes… he was as dominant in the first round as he was in the last round.”
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