A lot can change in a span of a year, and if you want proof, just look at what’s gone down over the last 12 months for Nate Diaz.
This time last year, Diaz was still sitting on the sidelines, after being decisioned by Rafael dos Anjos in December, 2014. But, last December, the Stockton fighter returned to the Octagon and took on Michael Johnson. A lot of people didn’t think Diaz would win, but the vet put his boxing skills to work and outscored Johnson for the decision victory.
It was a huge win for Diaz, as chances are he wouldn’t have been tapped to fight Conor McGregor this past March, if Johnson had won. Diaz tapped out McGregor, as you know, and will rematch him August 20th (cue cash drawer opening sound…)
You can watch the pivotal and memorable scrap below.