Nate Diaz said goodbye to the UFC in a great way. Ten days ago, the legendary UFC fighter finished Tony Ferguson in the main fight at the UFC 279 event, thus becoming the first fighter to finish Ferguson by submission under the auspices of the UFC.
Diaz was originally supposed to fight Khamzat Chimaev, but in that match, he was a huge underdog and would have had a hard time saying goodbye to the UFC if that match materialized. In the end, Chimaev grossly exceeded the upper limit of the welterweight division and Diaz refused to fight him.
Tony Ferguson was selected as a replacement, and Diaz finished "El Cucuy" with a guillotine in the fourth round. Many are now wondering what will be next for Diaz. Nate announced the launch of his fighting organization, but also the continuation of his fighting career.
``Celebrity'' boxing matches seem to be the most likely option for Diaz at the moment, and Jake Paul is the most likely opponent. “(Jake Paul) is for sure one of the options,” Diaz said (ht MMAJunkie). “He’s doing big stuff.
He’s doing big things. He’s got a big fight ahead of him. If he wins that, I’m sure people will be really impressed by it. And if Anderson does his thing on him, that’s impressive also. Now we’ve got a fight on his hands.
I’m looking forward to it”.
Nate reveals he was supposed to be box initially
Diaz is making it less and less secret that boxing will indeed be his next destination when it comes to the continuation of his sports career, and he has always shown a certain love for boxing, even though he has performed in MMA throughout his career.
“From 17 or 18 years old, I was starting to fight, I was boxing with my boxing coach,” he said. “There were boxers all over my gym, and I was going to box initially, but MMA shows were more around my area, and they were happening, so I got stuck in MMA.
I got 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 fight since I started fighting. When the right opponent or right thing comes, we’re going to take it”.
So, we will most likely see the 37-year-old Diaz in the boxing ring with boxing gloves, and it remains to be seen who his opponent will be.