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Nate Diaz set for Anthony Pettis showdown at UFC 241

Almost three years since his last appearance inside the UFC octagon, Nate Diaz is finally set to return

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Per Haljestam

It’s been a while, but Nate Diaz is coming back.

Almost three years removed from his majority decision defeat to Conor McGregor, Diaz will finally make his long-awaited return to the octagon at UFC 241, where he will face former UFC lightweight world champion Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis in Anaheim, California.

Diaz hasn’t competed since his narrow defeat to McGregor at UFC 202 in August 2016, but has now agreed to face Pettis in his eagerly-anticipated return to action this summer.

Pettis, meanwhile, bounced back from his corner stoppage loss to Tony Ferguson at UFC 229 by moving up to welterweight and knocking out two-time title challenger Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson at UFC Nashville in March.

The pair will face off in a welterweight contest at the Honda Center as the third blockbuster matchup announced for the August 17 event in California.

Pettis vs Diaz joins the middleweight grudge match between Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa on the main card of the event, which is expected to be headlined by the heavyweight title rematch between Daniel Cormier and former champ Stipe Miocic.

Freelance sports writer and MMA reporter with 20 years’ experience in the UK's national media covering major sporting events including UFC world title fights, Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championships, Grand National and the FA Cup Final.

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