In the year 2004, Nate Diaz recorded his first victory in a fight against Alex Garcia at WEC 12. He won the much-contested match via a triangle choke. Though Nate started his journey on a high note, the best part of his career would be a mix of glory and defeats; with glories taking the upper arm. Asides winning The Ultimate Fighter 5, Diaz alongside Conor McGregor is also known for having the highest UFC pay-per-view buy rate for their contest at UFC 202. The record was later trumped by the buy rate for UFC 229. As of May 2020, Nate Diaz stands at number 10 in the UFC welterweight rankings. How has that translated to his handsome net worth over the years?
Nate Diaz’s Earning History
Nate Diaz’s interest in Mixed Martial Arts may have been triggered by his elder brother, Nick. As a high school student in Tokay High, he began to train with his brother, and eventually, he realized that he too possessed the talent, skill, and grit to flourish as a professional fighter.
As of this writing, Diaz is signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). His first professional match was in October 2004 at WEC 12, where he faced off Alex Garcia. The fight went down in his favor, and since his first win, Nate Diaz has taken on several other fighters, including big names such as Donald Cerrone, Connor McGregor, Gray Maynard, and Hermes Franca.
With Connor McGregor, he established a rivalry that has become a major focus of the UFC. Together, they share a record of being the highest UFC pay-per-view buy rate for their fight at UFC 202. Throughout his career as a Mixed Martial Artist, Diaz has fought 32 matches, winning 20 of those. His fighting style and technique has earned him a couple of Fight of the Night Honors and Performance of the Night bonuses. How much has he earned so far?
Although Diaz has earned a pretty decent amount since the start of his career, things took a rapid turn when he defeated fellow Irish martial artist, Conor McGregor. Their first encounter in March 2016 came on a sudden note. Though the match was originally scheduled to feature Rafael dos Anjos against Conor McGregor at UFC 196, Anjos had to be replaced due to an injury. Despite being given only eleven days prior notice, Diaz won the match in the second round via submission. It would become his ninth victory via submission throughout his UFC career.
Their legendary fight was a blast, earning both fighters the “Fight of the Night” honors and Diaz, a “Performance of the Night” bonus. That night, Diaz reportedly carted home a whopping $2 million as show up fees. He also received a $250,000 pay for sponsorship from the sports clothing giant Reebok, plus $50,000 in bonuses for the battle of the night. But that’s not all of it.
Diaz was also paid $150,000 to appear for an after-party and earned a portion of the Pay Per View revenue, which reportedly amounts to $10.5 million. In all, he went home $13 million rich from his fight with Conor McGregor, who also earned $15 million. Five months later, both fighters faced off at UFC 202. Though Nate Diaz lost the rematch following a majority decision, the contest was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
In 2019, at UFC 241, Diaz was paid a guaranteed sum of $250,000 when he defeated Antony Pettis in a unanimous decision. He also got a portion of the Pay Per View revenue for the match, setting his income to a record high.
How Else Does He Earn Money?
Outside the ring, the Stockton-born fighter earns from his various business ventures and endorsement deals. He has been sinking more of his time and attention to his CBD outfit named Game Up Nutrition (GUN). Since GUN went public, Diaz has been recognized as a frontrunner, taking CBD products mainstream. He first did this when he smoked cannabis during his post-fight vape pen at the UFC 202 match with Conor McGregor.
Together with his brother Nick, Nate also runs a California-based mаrtіаl ѕсhооl Вrаzіlіаn јіu-јіtѕu. Although the figures are not known, the academy churns in a lot of money in fees, training, and contracts. Тhе Dіаz brоthеrѕ also run other chains of buѕіnеѕѕеѕ such as аuсtіоnіng оf сіgаrеttеѕ and mаrіјuаnа and the sale of ріреѕ and rоllіng рареrѕ.
As of this writing, Nate Diaz is worth over $10 million, and he boasts of a fortune in the tune of tens of dollars in Fight of the Night and other bonus Awards. As a topping to that, he is signed onto an endorsement deal with the sportswear titan Reebok that earns him at least $20,000 every year. All that money enables him to keep a lavish apartment in his birth town of Stockton, a mansion reportedly worth $430,000. He also drives high-value brands such as a Chevrolet SUV, Tesla, and a Range Rover. A lifestyle he shares with his family.
Nate Diaz is Dating Misty Brown
It’s not clear for how long, but Nate Diaz and his girlfriend Misty Brown have been together for a couple of years. Though a few sources quote 2012, there are speculations that Misty and Nate may have been together for much longer than that. They first met each other through a mutual friend back in Tokay High school in their home state of California.
After graduating high school in 2003, Misty proceeded to San Joaquin Delta College, where she graduated with a degree in Liberal arts. Afterward, she pursued a postgraduate degree at California State University. Since she first appeared in the news as Nate Diaz’s significant other, there have been no details about her occupation before she entered the limelight. As it stands, Misty is a homemaker and is taking great care of their infant daughter who was born on June 6, 2018. As of this writing, the couple is yet to be married, and they haven’t announced details about an upcoming wedding. Nate and Misty are from California and currently live there.