Nate Diaz returns, faces Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 17

Lightweights Nate Diaz #14 and Michael Johnson #5 are set to go head to head at UFC on FOX 17, which takes place in Orlando, Florida.
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The fight was reported on FOX Sports 1. Diaz (17-10 MMA, 12-8 UFC) hasn't stepped into the cage since December of last year, but in typical Diaz fashion, has still made headlines. Most recently, Nate was in the headlines for brawling with #3 ranked UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov at WSOF 22. Diaz has gone 2-3 in his past five fights; he lost his last fight to now lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on FOX: dos Santos vs. Miocic last December. His opponent, Johnson (16-9 MMA, 8-5 UFC) had his four fight winning streak snapped when he lost a debatable split decision against Beneil Dariush at UFC Fight Night: Teixiera vs. Saint Preux. Johnson's four fight win streak was the best of his career and included decision wins over Joe Lauzon, Melvin Guillard and Edson Barbosa and a knockout win over Gleison Tibau. UFC On FOX 17 takes place inside the Amway Center in Orland, Florida on Dec. 19. The card is headlined by a lightweight title bout between Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone.

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