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Nate Diaz not expected to fight again in 2008

With a rumored headlining bout against Clay Guida during the live season finale for the eighth installment of The Ultimate Fighter no longer in the cards due to an injury to Guida, it appears that UFC lightweight Nate Diaz will be unable to fight again until 2009.

The news comes courtesy of, a website owned and operated by Diaz’s trainer, Cesar Gracie.

Diaz, 10-2 overall and 5-0 while competing under the UFC banner, had hoped to fight a fourth time in 2008 but with all of the promotion’s top lightweights committed to other matchups, there are no immediate openings. It’s likely that Diaz’s next matchup won’t be able to be set until after several of the promotion’s upcoming cards slated for November and December.

According to the site, Diaz could return to action in early-2009 with a fight on the undercard of UFC 94 on January 31 considered a possibility.

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