Nate Diaz is an American mixed martial artist. Through his career in this sport he has gained a net worth of $5 million. He first rose to prominence when he won the Ultimate Fighter 5 in 2007. As part of his prize for winning this show he was awarded a six-figure contract with the UFC. This was one of the first times that he earned any money from fighting but it was the beginning of a very successful career where he would go on to earn a lot of money.
In 2009 he starred in his first pay per view tournament. Fighters usually get a share of the money that is earned from charging people to watch. This opened up another income stream when he was still just starting out in his career. This fight also resulted in the first loss of his career to Clay Guida when the judges announced a split decision. However, fans were impressed with the way that he fought and were excited to see what he would do next.
In the same year he was billed to headline UFC Fight Night 19. This was the first time that he had been named as a headline fighter and so his fee for this tournament would have been higher than he had previously earned. He beat Melvin Guillard in this fight and so would have also earned some prize money.
He went on to lose a couple of other matches after he had beaten Guillard and this led him to make the decision that he would also start to fight in the Welterweight class, whereas before he had only competed in Lightweight events. This opened up more opportunities for him as he a greater range of events that he could fight in. He did take part in some Welterweight fights but overall the experience was not what he thought it would be and so in 2011 he announced that he would only fighting as a Lightweight in the future.
In the following years he still continued to take part in fights which continued to increase his earnings. He signed an eight fight contract with the UFC which provided him with a guaranteed stream of income as long as he was able to compete in these fights. During the time he increased his training and became a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
From 2013 onwards he was involved in controversy over a homophobic post that appeared on his Twitter page. He was disciplined for this by the UFC and was fined $20,000. He was also suspended from the sport for ninety days. He was removed from the UFC rankings altogether in 2014 as he was deemed to have been inactive, after not taking part in any fights for an extended period. It can be argued that his net worth may have been even higher if he had not had the break from the sport. However, it is almost impossible to guess how much he would have earned during this period as it depends on the fights that were available and the fighters that were willing to go up against him.
He did not really become active again in the sport until 2016 and it was in this year that he earned his biggest victory to date. He was a replacement fighter to take on Conor McGregor after the original opponent was forced to pull out due to injury. Conor McGregor had earned himself the reputation as a very difficult fighter to beat and no one was really expecting anything from Diaz because he had not really achieved anything in his martial arts career for a while. However, he did beat McGregor via submission in the second round. A rematch was held a few months later which he lost but the amount of money that he had earned from these matches, plus the publicity seemed as if it was enough to get his career back on track.
In reality though in some ways he became a victim of his own success. He was reported as saying that he would not even take a phone call about a fight unless it was going to be worth $20 million. Many people feel that he is not really in a position to be demanding this type of money and therefore he may not receive any offers at all.