Dana White: Nate Diaz is a Conor McGregor-Ronda Rousey level UFC star (video)

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There was once a time when UFC president Dana White spoke about Nate Diaz, saying that he wasn’t a “needle mover.”

That time has come and gone.

Diaz returned from a near-three-year layoff and rolled to a victory over former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 in Anaheim, Calif. The bout cast a large shadow over the event, which was headlined by the heavyweight championship rematch between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic. 

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Fans were tuning in left and right for Diaz’s return. He was moving the needle.

Following his win over Pettis, White discussed Diaz’s return as the UFC’s new anti-hero, declaring his star power on the same footing as Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey.