UFC lightweight superstar Nate Diaz had arguably the biggest breakthrough year in MMA in 2016. At UFC 196 in March, Diaz stepped into the Octagon on just two weeks notice to fight streaking UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor in a fight that was ultimately contested at welterweight. Diaz shocked the world as he not only rocked, but submitted McGregor in the second round. Ultimately after a UFC 200 rematch was scrapped, the pair met in the Octagon at UFC 202, where McGregor avenged the loss as he picked up a majority decision. Since then however, Nate Diaz has remained absent from the Octagon. With that being said, Diaz has stated that he believes the UFC doesn’t want him in the Octagon, and as a result he could be headed to professional boxing:
“I’m going to get my boxing license in Cali and Nevada,” Diaz told Seckbach. “I tried to get out of my UFC contract years ago. I had guys try to buy out my UFC contract so I could box – years ago. But the UFC wouldn’t let me go. So I have been stuck in these contracts and stuff.”
“I’m doing it because I love the sport of boxing. I want to win, I want to win fights for real and get out of this MMA shit that I’m not even into anyway. I don’t think they want me in there anyway, so I might as well stay out.”
According to UFC President Dana White, who spoke in an interview with MMAJunkie, the UFC has made an offer for Nate Diaz next fight.
“We just offered Nate Diaz a fight, and we’re waiting to hear back from him, so we’ll see. These guys say they want a fight – I offered Nick Diaz two fights. He turned down two fights. I offered him Robbie Lawler. Robbie Lawler accepted the fight. Then I offered him Demian Maia. Nick Diaz turned down two fights. And then we just offered Nate a fight.”
“The most difficult to get into the octagon? Right now, it’s the Diaz brothers – right here, right now,” White said. “But throughout history? I don’t know.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/4/2017.