UFC lightweight superstar Nate Diaz has been abesent from the Octagon since his UFC 205 scrap with Conor McGregor in 2016. In that fight, McGregor was awarded a majority decision after 5 hard-fought rounds.
For McGregor the win avenged his UFC 196 loss to the younger Diaz brother back in May, where Nate stepped in for Rafael dos Anjos on short notice and handed McGregor the first loss of his UFC career.
Now, despite McGregor currently being sidelined due to the upcoming birth of his firstborn son, the Irish superstar has remained linked to a boxing superfight with Floyd Maywather. This of course has resulted in Diaz looking to once again venture into the boxing world after being granted his boxing license in California.
He spoke to Garnek Sports:
“They said I was waiting for Conor McGregor, but I wasn’t waiting for Conor McGregor,” Diaz told Garnek Sports. “I already beat him twice, so I was just training and saying if I was gonna fight again anytime soon, it was going to be a big deal fight. Not a money fight, because I get paid, regardless.”
“I tried to get my boxing license years ago,” Diaz said. “Some boxing promoters were trying to buy my contract from the UFC, (but) the UFC was not letting me go. But now they’re talking about the McGregor-Mayweather stuff. I don’t now how real or fake it is, but who knows. Money talks.”
“I already got my California license, and I’m getting my Nevada license right now for boxing. If they’re gonna let McGregor box, I’m gonna be boxing, too. I’mma get in on that.”
Diaz of course is ranked #6 on the UFC’s official lightweight rankings, and remains just out of reach of a lightweight title shot in the UFC.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/4/2017.