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Nate Diaz returns to fight Michael Johnson on Dec. 19

UFC lightweight Nate Diaz will return from a one-year layoff to take on Michael Johnson at UFC Fight Night on Dec. 19 in Orlando. Officials announced the 155-pound contest Monday. The bout will be featured on the main card of the televised event, which will take place at Amway Center. Diaz (17-10) hasn't fought since he suffered a decision loss to current champion Rafael dos Anjos in December. Diaz, 30, missed weight for the bout and was fined an additional $10,000 the week of the fight, according to UFC president
Nate Diaz returns to fight Michael Johnson on Dec. 19

The younger brother of UFC welterweight Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz has made just one appearance since the start of 2014, mainly because of a contract dispute.

The UFC actually announced a fight between Diaz and welterweight Matt Brownearlier this year, but it fell through when Diaz publicly stated the promotion hadn't contacted him regarding the matchup. Diaz is 1-3 in his past four fights.

Johnson (16-9) is coming off a controversial split-decision loss to Beneil Dariushearlier this month. The loss snapped a four-fight winning streak for Johnson, even though most observers felt he won the three-round bout.

ESPN.com ranks Johnson the No. 10 lightweight in the world.

A lightweight title fight between Dos Anjos (24-7) and Donald Cerrone (28-6) will headline the UFC Fight Night event.




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