Nate Diaz's plans to fight Vicente Luque on his UFC return have been leaked by former cage legend Chael Sonnen.

The American is yet to fight since his unanimous decision defeat to Leon Edwards back in June.

And he has been linked with a whole host of options upon his return including Dustin Poirier and former two-time rival Conor McGregor.

But Sonnen has revealed that Diaz has spoken of his desire to take on Luque upon his return to the cage.

"Nate said, 'I want [Vicente] Luque.' And I said, 'What do you like about Luque?'," Sonnen said on his YouTube channe l. "Nate said, 'I like the number next to his name.' Went and looked it up, Luque happens to be number three.

"So I came back to Nate and said, 'Wait a minute. Why do you wanna be the top contender if you don't plan to use that contendership?'

Nate Diaz came up narrowly short in defeat to Leon Edwards earlier this year (

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"This is all about Jake Paul – Nate going and boxing Jake Paul. But why [does he] wanna do that with Luque? And said, 'Well, you know those are the types of matchups I like to do.'

"And he said, 'Chael, what do you think about Tony Ferguson?' My first thought about Ferguson was that he's a [155-pounder]. My other thought on Tony Ferguson was, 'Nate, what in the heck has taken so long?' That will be one of the most massive fights."

Diaz is one of the leading stars in the UFC and has taken part in several historic bouts including his duel with Jorge Masvidal.

And a fight with Luque would represent a huge battle at welterweight with the Brazilian currently on a four-fight win streak.

Although Diaz's future currently remains up in the air with UFC president Dana White uncertain that the 36-year-old will sign a new deal with the company.

But with any departure from the UFC, Diaz has been encouraged by UFC lightweight Josh Thomson to accept a challenge from YouTube star Jake Paul before completing his trilogy with McGregor.

He told ' Weighing In ': "He's leaving the UFC, he's fighting Jake Paul. Just stop, ok. This is his last fight, he's not fighting in the UFC anymore. He's gonna leave and he's gonna fight Jake Paul.

"He's just trying to get a fight to get out the door, he's done with MMA. He knows that fight is gonna make him double then he'd make [against McGregor].

"Conor's not that draw anymore that he once was. Conor can't get out of his contract, he's on an eight or ten fight deal I believe. So he's stuck with the UFC forever.

"Speaking from a Nate point of view, I think Nate's gonna leave and end up fighting Jake Paul in boxing."

Any renewal of rivalry with McGregor could present a career-high purse for Diaz who could be approaching the twilight years of his career.

Bizarrely Diaz has also been advised by former British government official Dominic Cummings to end his association with the UFC.

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