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UFC 279: Nate Diaz submits Tony Ferguson in potential final fight with The Company


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Nate Diaz capped off a crazy week in perhaps his last UFC fight with a victory over Tony Ferguson on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Diaz finished Ferguson at UFC 279 with a fourth-round guillotine choke. Ferguson was pushed into the fight after Khamzat Chimaev missed weight for his fight against Diaz. He was forced to fight Kevin Holland instead and eventually defeated Holland with his own choke.

The 37-year-old’s time with the UFC may be over as his contract expired without the two sides reaching an agreement on an extension. Diaz appeared and won “The Ultimate Fighter 5” in 2007 and quickly rose through the ranks. He had memorable fights against Donald Cerrone and Conor McGregor among others.

Nate Diaz, left, hugs Tony Ferguson after Diaz won his welterweight bout at the UFC 279 mixed martial arts event on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, in Las Vegas.
(AP Photo/John Locher)

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“At the end of the day, I love the UFC. I feel like I’ve had the longest career in the UFC, and I’ve had the most successful of them all,” Diaz said.

He has already announced his intention to launch his own promotion outside of the UFC. But McGregor also opened the door to a trilogy fight. McGregor is on the mend after suffering a broken leg in his last fight against Dustin Poirier.

Nate Diaz hits Tony Ferguson on Saturday, September 10, 2022 in Las Vegas.

Nate Diaz hits Tony Ferguson on Saturday, September 10, 2022 in Las Vegas.
(AP Photo/John Locher)

“I want to get out of the UFC for a minute and show these UFC fighters how to take control and own another sport the way you’re supposed to,” Diaz said.

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“Because Conor McGregor didn’t know how to do it, and none of these other fighters know how to do it, so I’m going to go out there and I’m going to take another organization, another profession, and become the best at it, and then I will be back here to get another UFC title. This is the best fight in the world.

UFC President Dana White has said he will support Diaz in whatever he chooses to do next.

“No matter what Nate does from now on, this is his home,” White said, via MMA Junkie. “He’s been here forever. It’s great to have him here. I wish him well.

Nate Diaz has already announced plans to start his own promotion outside of the UFC.

Nate Diaz has already announced plans to start his own promotion outside of the UFC.
(AP Photo/John Locher)

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“He and I had this discussion months ago in the offices. Whatever he does, I wish him nothing but the best. If he starts his own organization or goes into promotion or does anything else, I Wish him the best of luck It was great to have him here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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