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There was once a time when president spoke about Nate Diaz, saying that he wasn’t a “needle mover.”

That time has come and gone.

Diaz returned from a near-three-year layoff and rolled to a victory over former lightweight champion at 241 in Anaheim, Calif. The bout cast a large shadow over the event, which was headlined by the heavyweight championship rematch between and Stipe Miocic. 

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Fans were tuning in left and right for Diaz’s return. He was moving the needle.

Following his win over Pettis, White discussed Diaz’s return as the ’s new anti-hero, declaring his star power on the same footing as and Ronda Rousey.


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