Footage Of Nate Diaz's First MMA Fight Against Much Bigger Opponent Is Fascinating
Footage of a young Nate Diaz competing in an unsanctioned MMA bout has resurfaced online, and it gives a fascinating insight into his beginnings as a budding fighter.
Diaz, who is reportedly 17-years-old at the time of recording, goes up against a much older and bigger opponent in Robert Limon from Team Kihon, California.
Despite the obvious age gap between the pair, the Stockton-born fighter oozes confidence in the opening seconds of the fight as he throws a classic check-hook.
Nate proceeds to unload a number of his soon-to-be iconic Stockton Slaps before an uncharacteristic early takedown.
Limon reacts well and applies a brief headlock but the skill level of his opponent is clear to see. Diaz moves into a side mount to prevent a tighter lock and blocks the re-guard with his knee before taking control with a headlock of his own.
The teenager then clinches his opponent's arm, connecting into an impressive straight arm bar. Limon taps and the crowd go wild as friends and family surround the area.
Diaz is declared the winner, his arm is raised by the referee and the rest is, as they say, history.
Two years later, Diaz would go on to make his pro MMA debut at WEC Fight, where he would win by submission in the third round against Alejandro Garcia.
Garcia, who was riding a three fight win streak into his WEC debut, was the first of a number of big wins for the Stockton-born fighter.
The 34-year-old will soon come up against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 in November, as the pair square off at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Diaz returned to action last month at UFC 241, beating Anthony Pettis in a unanimous decision.
After beating Pettis, Diaz was quick to call out the man he'll fight next.
Speaking after the fight finished the 34-year-old spoke about Masvidal, saying, "The reason I was off is cause everybody sucked and there was nobody to fight.
"With this belt, I want to defend it against Jorge Masvidal, he had a good last fight. All respect to the man, but there ain't no gangsters in his game anymore.
"I know my man's a gangster, but he ain't no west coast gangster."
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