It looks like Nate Diaz is making the transition from the UFC to the world of boxing. Diaz announced his departure from the mixed martial arts organization after defeating Tony Ferguson via fourth-round submission in the main event of UFC 279.
Diaz entered the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night with one fight remaining on his UFC contract. The MMA folk hero has made his intentions known that he plans to make the jump to another sport before returning to capture a UFC championship.
“All I know is it’s been a love-hate relationship with the UFC ever since I’ve been in this fucking business,” Diaz told UFC commentator Joe Rogan. during a post-fight interview. “But I love the UFC.
“I want to get out of the UFC for a minute and show all these UFC fighters how to take control and own another sport. How you’re supposed to do it. Conor McGregor didn’t know how to do it. None of these other fighters know how to do it. I’m going to go out there, take up another profession and become the best at it. Show everyone that I’m the best at it and then I’ll be right to f- – to back to get a fucking UFC title. The best title in the world.
Jake Paul, who is activelyon October 29, reacted to Diaz’s ambiguous speech after the fight.
“Nate Diaz is getting into the sport of boxing,” Paul said in a video posted to social media. “I wonder who he should be fighting against.”
Diaz confirmed to reporters at the UFC 279 press conference that he will be featured on the Paul-Silva card.
White wished Diaz well in his future endeavours, and will welcome him to the UFC with open arms.
“It doesn’t matter what Nate does from now on. This is his house,” White told reporters outside the presser. “He’s been here forever. It’s great to have him here. I wish him well. He and I had this discussion months ago in the offices. Whatever he does. I only wish him the best. If he starts his own organization or gets into promotion or something else, I wish him good luck. It’s great to have him here.
“He’s so durable and so tough,” White said of the Ferguson fight. “They are both older guys who have been here a long time. It was what I expected.”
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