Nate Diaz is set to end his UFC exile and will fight Rafael dos Anjos in December, it has been confirmed.
Diaz hasn't fought since November when he beat Gray Maynard and has been holding out for a new deal ever since - a stance which even saw him lose his status as a ranked fighter.
However, the holdout is over and with his brother Nick set to fight Anderson Silva in February, Nate hasn't wasted time in setting out his return.
A tough return
In Dos Anjos, Diaz faces perhaps one of the toughest opponents that isn't lightweight champion Anthony Pettis or Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Dos Anjos is ranked #3 by the UFC and is coming off a huge upset win over former lightweight champion Benson Henderson.
So for Diaz, who was ranked #7 before he took his exile, it's certainly a trial by fire for his return.
In their article, the UFC didn't mention anything about Diaz getting a new contract but they did include a picture of him at UFC headquarters which likely indicates that he has put pen-to-paper on a new deal.
UFC on FOX 13 set to be a huge card
With Diaz and Dos Anjos as the co-main event, it only strengthens the card of the UFC's return to FOX and debut in Arizona.
Taking place at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, it will be the second Zuffa related event to take place following WEC 53 in 2010, which was hosted in Glendale.
Junior dos Santos will face off against Stipe Miocic in the main event in a fight that has title shot implications for Miocic (the UFC is unlikely to go for Velasquez-dos Santos IV after Cain won twice in convincing fashion).
Alistair Overeem and Stefan Struve is another huge heavyweight fight on the cards that has career ending implications for both fighters as well. Overeem has fallen dramatically in the past couple years, while Struve has health concerns that have delayed his progress through the division.
They're literally and figuratively bringing out the big boys for this event and it's set to be another firecracker to end the year.
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