Buddy Wallace and Adrian Diaz: Northern California’s Next Contenders

Northern California is a hotbed of MMA talent, and a pair of well-known prospects throughout the region, Buddy Wallace (15-6) and Adrian Diaz (11-4-1), will be granted an opportunity to showcase why they belong beyond the local bubble on the sixth week of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contenders Series. (DWTNCS).

Wallace’s willingness to hurdle the wall separating him from regional superstardom and the upper-echelon of the UFC is evident in his acceptance of a late-notice, middleweight bid versus Charles Byrd (8-4). Two weeks ago, Global Knockout (GKO), a premier promotion in the region, requested Wallace’s services, and he accepted without pause. In fact, his TKO stoppage of Mike Morales at GKO 10 cancelled a three year hiatus from the 185-pound division Hungrier than ever at the higher weight class, Wallace, again, welcomed the last-minute chance to feast with his fists after receiving an invitation to headline week 6 of DWTNCS.

Diaz’s resume already reads as though he belongs on the global stage, but he’s only missing the three letters everyone recognizes in MMA—UFC. Training alongside an elite cast at Team Alpha Male, the Tachi Palace Fights Featherweight Champion is already aware of where his skill set stacks up in comparson to other 145-pounders. Now, Diaz will be able to prove his capabilities to those logged in to UFC Fight Pass in a clash with Grant Dawson (11-1).