Nate Diaz hasn't had a fight in the UFC since his August 2016 loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 202, but that isn't stopping him from putting his name in the sweepstakes for a big money fight in 2017.
Of the many things Diaz said in the interview above, the Stockton fighter was adamant that he is the only fighter deserving enough to face the winner of Mayweather-McGregor.
This comes after the news of Diaz turning down UFC offers for fights with both lightweight and welterweight title contenders.
Diaz's version of the negotiations with the UFC is quite different than Dana White's.
"Yeah, so they said I was waiting for Conor McGregor but I wasn’t waiting for Conor McGregor,” said Diaz.
"Everybody saying I’m sitting out and waiting but now they’re talking all this Mayweather-McGregor stuff and I tried to get my boxing license years ago with some boxing promoters trying to buy my contract from the UFC and the UFC was not letting me go. But, now they’re talking all this McGregor-Mayweather stuff, I don’t know how real or fake it is, but it sounds like it could, who knows? Money talks."
A trilogy fight between Conor McGregor and Diaz is considered a "big money fight" in the UFC, but it's unknown if it could carry the same value as a pure boxing match and if the UFC is open to letting that happen.
For now, it's safe to chalk this up as Nate Diaz being Nate Diaz, and what would the sport of MMA be without it?