Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal exceeded the expectations of many when they headlined a boxing event at the Honda Center in Anaheim this weekend. The constant back-and-forth between the MMA veterans made for an entertaining fight, and rumors of their return to the UFC have already caught fire.

Diaz last fought in the UFC in September 2022, defeating Tony Ferguson by submission. He then fought Jake Paul in August 2023, but lost by decision. After beating Masvidal on the scorecards, he challenged Paul and the top UFC welterweights, hinting at a return to the promotion.

Many fans believed the fight in Ferguson was Diaz's farewell to the UFC. However, Chael Sonnen believes a return for the Stockton native is entirely possible because, well, he's not Ronda Rousey…

Chael Sonnen lays out plan for Nate Diaz's fight against Dustin Poirier in his UFC return

Sonnen recently spoke about Diaz's return to the UFC on his official YouTube channel. He started with an overview of UFC contracts and explained why a star like Rousey could never properly return after losing the belt.

“I maintain that Ronda Rousey lost her career not because she kept getting knocked out in the first round, but because her contract was so big that she had to be a main event and it had to be a pay-per-view just to justify the numbers. And main events on pay-per-views were world championship fights, which is as good as Ronda was, and she was very good. She was very good, we just found out how extraordinary Amanda Nunes was.”

According to The American Gangster, athletes like Rousey receive huge contracts that can only be justified with main event or title fights, so Rousey struggled to find a place in the UFC when she could no longer compete against the top fighters.

The former UFC title challenger then explained what is different for Diaz. He usually fights in co-main or main events, but even without a belt he has the star power to draw viewers. A good example is his recent boxing match with Masvidal.

“Nate's position is going to be different and it has to be done. In fact, Jon Anik, one of the biggest supporters of the Diaz guys, knows the same thing that I just said is true and has put forward his suggestion, which is Dustin Poirier. Bringing Nate in, putting him with Dustin, that solves every possible problem.”

Sonnen claimed that Dana White plans to set up multiple fights when giving fighters a contract. Diaz seems willing to fight multiple fights in his UFC return, which could make negotiations easier.

“The American Gangster” believes that Dustin Poirier, who may be looking for an exciting farewell fight, is Diaz's best option for his return to the Octagon. Despite the optimism, he also mentioned that renegotiating a new UFC contract and then choosing an opponent can of course be complicated.

Therefore, Diaz, already 39 years old, should perhaps strike while the iron is still hot.

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