Nate Diaz certainly isn’t fighting Tyron Woodley at UFC 219. In fact, it doesn’t seem like he’ll be stepping into the cage at all in the foreseeable future.
Couple days back, fan favorite UFC lightweight Nate Diaz took to social media to claim that the UFC had offered him a title shot in “any weight class,” but that he was interested in testing his skills in the boxing ring instead.
Ufc offered me title fight in any weight class Im kool though I'll givem a shot when they do something good
On to the next sport for now 🥊🥊
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) December 9, 2017
And for Diaz, who’s coming off an August 2016 decision loss to current lightweight champ Conor McGregor (which, of course, followed an upset submission win over Notorious in March 2016), he seems satisfied to sit out for a while … and perhaps test the skills in a different sport. Maybe boxing?
UFC would allow Diaz to break from his contract and compete in the boxing ring, of course, is difficult to say. If the UFC were to let him go, however, it seems he’d have no difficulty acquiring a boxing license from the NAC.
NAC executive director Bob Bennett speaking to Express Sport that Diaz hasn’t requested for boxing license yet, but I am sure he wouldn’t have difficulty getting one.
“I don’t think he’s requested a boxing license, to date,” Bennett explained (h/t The Mac Life). “But from what I know of Nate and who he spars with, I believe he may have been a sparring partner at some point in time with Andre Ward, he and Nick [Diaz].
“So, if he applied, I would see no reason why we wouldn’t license him. We would be happy to license him, and we hope that he can fight in our state as well, ‘The Fight Capital of the World.’”
What do you think Nate Diaz will fight next UFC octagon or Boxing ring?