Nate Diaz has officially parted ways with the UFC.
Diaz’s fourth-round submission against Tony Ferguson at UFC 279 was the last fight on his contract. The Stockton native wasn’t interested in re-signing with the UFC, but the promotion surely made efforts. Nearly two and a half months after beating Ferguson, the 37-year-old has been removed from the UFC roster. Damon Martin of MMAFighting broke the news on Twitter by saying:
“Nate Diaz has officially been removed from the UFC roster with his contract ending with the promotion, per UFC officials. Full story coming to @MMAFighting”
Nate Diaz has officially been removed from the UFC roster with his contract ending with the promotion, per UFC officials.
Full story coming to @MMAFighting
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) November 29, 2022
The former UFC title challenger was supposed to fight Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279. ‘Borz’ drastically missed weight, and the fight card was shuffled, matchup up Diaz with Ferguson. The Stockton native ends his current long-standing UFC tenure with a record of 16-11.
At 37, the Cesar Gracie affiliate doesn’t plan on retiring. During his UFC 279 post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Diaz said he wanted to leave the UFC for a couple of fights while he takes over other sports like boxing, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, etc. The freedom to compete wherever he chooses leaves him with various opportunities.
Watch Nate Diaz’s UFC 279 post-fight Octagon interview below:
What’s next for Nate Diaz?
Nate Diaz has been tied to rumors about Jake Paul’s next boxing opponent. ‘The Problem Child’ is coming off a unanimous decision win in the boxing ring against MMA legend Anderson Silva. Although Diaz would likely make several million dollars against Paul, the former UFC title challenger has plenty of other options.
Diaz recently started an MMA promotion called Real Fight Incorporated, which has yet to have an event. The Stockton native could decide to headline the promotion’s first event, especially considering Eddie Alvarez is currently a free agent.
The Stockton native ended his UFC 279 in-ring interview by claiming he would return to the UFC one day. If Diaz returns, the long-awaited trilogy fight against Conor McGregor would be the fight to make. Until then, the Nick Diaz Army advocate is ready to conquer free agency.