Despite stumbling his last time out, Nate Diaz isn’t ready to call it quits as a UFC welterweight. Diaz will face Canadian Rory MacDonald at UFC 129 on April 30 in Toronto. Diaz’s manager, Cesar Gracie, confirmed the fight to MMAWeekly.com on Friday. It was first reported by MMAFighting.com.
Diaz (13-6) won Season 5 of “The Ultimate Fighter” as a lightweight and made a solid run up the division, winning six out of nine bouts.
After losing to Clay Guida, Joe Stevenson, and Gray Maynard in three of his last four bouts at 155 pounds, Diaz decided to take a trip up to the welterweight class to put his skills to the test there.
He was immediately successful, defeating Rory Markham in a catchweight fight after Markham failed to the 170-pound limit, and then submitted Marcus Davis, one of the toughest fighters in the class.
His lone stumble since moving up was to Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 125. He lost a unanimous decision to the Korean fighter.
MacDonald (10-1), still fairly new to the UFC, tore up the ranks in Canada. He won his first 10 fights, finishing all 10 opponents, including Mike Guymon in his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 20.
MacDonald had a strong showing against Carlos Condit at UFC 115 last year in Vancouver. The two won Fight of the Night honors, but Condit got the victory. MacDonald performed well, getting the better of Condit for the majority of the fight, but Condit turned the tables to earn a TKO stoppage just seven seconds shy of the closing bell.
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and challenger Jake Shields headline UFC 129. Diaz vs. MacDonald will likely serve as part of the preliminary portion of the fight card.
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