Nate Diaz says fighting is ‘one of the options’ for post-UFC career



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Mixed martial arts superstar Nate Diaz has said he is leaving the UFC and a boxing match with Jake Paul is “definitely one of the options” for a fight outside the promotion.

Although the combat sports world speculated that Diaz would pursue a fight with “The Problem Child”, the beloved athlete has remained virtually silent on the matter. However, when Diaz spoke with iD Boxing recently, he shared his interest in boxing Paul.

Paul (5-0) is scheduled to face former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva on Oct. 23. The eight-round, 187-pound professional boxing match will be held in Phoenix, Arizona.

Diaz told the outlet that with the match, Paul was doing “great things” and was “looking forward” to the matchup. And after all is said and done, The Problem Child will apparently enter the Diaz Contest.

“(Jake Paul) is definitely one of the options,” Diaz said (h/t MMA Junkie). “He is doing great things. He does great things. He has a big fight ahead of him. If he wins this, I’m sure people will be really impressed. And if Anderson (Silva) does his thing on him, that’s impressive too. Now we have a fight on his hands. I can not wait to be there.

Diaz was then asked to make his prediction for the fight. “Fifty-fifty,” Diaz said. “I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”

Diaz said he’s been boxing for 20 years, ‘will take’ boxing match at ‘right’ time

The 37-year-old fighter said during the interview that he has been lacing boxing gloves for 20 years. His original plan was to become a boxer, but with mixed martial arts having more opportunities available, Diaz instead focused on the sport, which led to him getting “stuck”.

Diaz said that when the “right” opportunity presented itself, he would enter a boxing ring.

“From 17 or 18 I started fighting, I was boxing with my boxing trainer,” Diaz said. “There were boxers all over my gym, and I was going to box initially, but the MMA shows were more around my area, and they were happening, so I got stuck in MMA. I’ve been stuck in a cage this whole time with contracts and stuff. Now everything is open for the taking. I never stopped training for a boxing match since I started fighting. When the right opponent or the right thing comes along, we’ll take it.

Diaz said he would leave the UFC to ‘take up another profession’, wants to come back to the UFC later and win a championship

Diaz competed at UFC 279 on Sept. 10 against Tony Ferguson and he won the fight via a fourth-round guillotine choke. The match was the last of his contract.

And when he spoke with UFC color commentator Joe Rogan inside the Octagon, he revealed he has no plans to re-sign with the organization.

Instead, Diaz said he wanted to switch to another combat sport and “take over.” But, he left the door open for a future comeback, declaring his desire to win a UFC championship.

“At the end of the day, I love the UFC,” Diaz said. “Thanks to Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta and Hunter Campbell for giving the opportunities, the platform all the time.”

“Right now, I feel like I’ve had the longest UFC career and I’ve had the most successful,” Diaz continued. “I’ve topped everybody in pay. I’ve topped everybody in surviving. And I want to get out of the UFC for a minute and show all these UFC fighters how to take control and s… ‘own another sport. How you supposed to do it because Conor McGregor didn’t know how to do it. And none of these other fighters know how to do it. So I’m gonna go for it, I’m gonna take another job and become the best in this field.

“Show everyone I’m the best at it and then I’ll be back here to get a fucking UFC title. The best title in the world.


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