Nate Diaz, the younger brother who fought Conor McGregor in two classic fights at UFC 196 and UFC 202, believes the UFC has put him on the shelf.
Diaz has been the only man to beat Conor McGregor under the UFC banner. He choked the Irishman out at UFC 196 and lost a hard-fought decision in the rematch. Nate hasn’t fought since that rematch in August and is unhappy with the way he’s being treated by the UFC.
Diaz says if a suitable fight can’t be arranged by the MMA, he’ll try to get his boxing license instead.
“I know what this is: I’m being put on the shelf,” Diaz told Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times in a recent interview. “That’s why I’m trying to get a boxing license.”
UFC president Dana White, though, says he hasn’t heard a word from Diaz since August.
“Nate said the only fight he wants is Conor … I haven’t heard a word from him [since August]. Usually when guys want a fight, they call.”
Diaz applied for a Nevada state boxing license soon after McGregor announced his own acquisition of a California state license. There are informal negotiations currently underway for a boxing match between ‘The Notorious’ and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Diaz says no one in MMA is willing to sign a big-deal fight with him.
“No one in MMA wants it,” he said. “No one says they want a big-deal fight against me. If someone wants to fight, then let’s make a big deal.”
Diaz, who’s a native lightweight, could face the winner of the Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson at UFC 209. He could also challenge McGregor for the official title in a trilogy bout. Or, given his last two fights in the 170-pound division, Diaz could rematch Donald Cerrone for a welterweight number one contender’s bout if ‘Cowboy’ beats Jorge Masvidal at UFC on FOX 23.