It looks like Conor McGregor isn't the only UFC superstar looking to transition to boxing competition. The Irishman's rival Nate Diaz recently told ESNews that he plans to secure a boxing license in his home California as well as in Nevada.
McGregor recently got licensed in California as a boxer, but not in Nevada. As Diaz points out in the below interview, he's tried to move away from the UFC and MMA before, in hopes of competing in boxing.
"I'm going to get my boxing license in Cali and Nevada. I tried to get out of my contract years ago, my UFC contract, but they wouldn't let me go," he recounted (below).
UFC president Dana White has said that McGregor boxing somehow goes through him and his MMA promotion, as well. The UFC also claims that McGregor is no longer the world featherweight champion, though "Notorious" and his team don't seem to be giving much credence to either position.
Time will tell if McGregor ever gets close to competing in big-time boxing, though there seems to be plenty of interest in his taking on big names. McGregor has called out retired former champ Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Oscar De La Hoya wants the UFC champ to fight his Golden Boy Promotions fighter Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
If any of that happens, Nate won't hate on #ConorMcGregor, but he'll certainly demand similar opportunities. "I'm like, do your thing with Mayweather, but if they let him out to box, then I'm boxing somebody, too - somebody mainstream on the same card or another card, whatever," Diaz continued.
Diaz has trained since he was a child with boxing trainer Richard Perez, and has spent years sparring with the likes of pound-for-pound boxing great Andre Ward, who says that both Nate and his brother Nick more than hold their own with boxing pros. At the end of the day, #NateDiaz insists that he loves boxing, and that's why he wants to give it a try as a competition focus.
"I'm not doing it for a publicity stunt - I'm doing it because I love the sport of boxing," he assured.
"I want to win. I want to fight, for real, and get out of some of this sh-t that I'm not into, anyway. I don't think they want me in there, anyway, so might as well stay out."