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Nate Diaz, Anthony Pettis verbally agree to welterweight bout at UFC 241

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

It looks like Nate Diaz will finally make his long-awaited return to the Octagon.

The former UFC title challenger has verbally agreed to fight Anthony Pettis in a welterweight bout that’s set to go down at UFC 241 in Anaheim, Calif. on Aug. 17. The news was first reported by ESPN, and was later confirmed by MMA Fighting.

Diaz hasn’t fought since his two star-making fights with Conor McGregor, the last one being at UFC 202 in 2016. The veteran fighter was supposed to make a comeback in 2018, as he was set to face current UFC interim lightweight champ Dustin Poirier last November. The bout fell apart when Poirier was forced to withdraw due to injury.

Meanwhile, Pettis, a former UFC lightweight champion, recently made a successful debut in the welterweight division. Pettis knocked out Stephen Thompson in the main event of UFC Nashville in March to improve his record to 22-8.

UFC 241 will feature heavyweight championship fight Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic as its main event.