It looks like Nate Diaz is moving out of the UFC and into the world of boxing. Diaz announced his retirement from the mixed martial arts organization after defeating Tony Ferguson via fourth-round submission in the main event of UFC 279.
Diaz entered the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night with one fight left on his UFC contract. The folk MMA hero has made clear his intentions that he plans to switch to another sport before returning to claim the UFC title.
“All I know is that the whole time I was in this fucking company, the relationship with the UFC was strained and hateful,” Diaz told UFC commentator Joe Rogan during a post-fight interview. “But I love the UFC.
“I want to get out of the UFC for a minute and show all these UFC fighters how to take over another sport and own it. How should you do it. Conor McGregor didn’t know how to do it. These other fighters know how to do it. I’m going to go there, take another profession and be the best at it. Show everyone that I’m the best at this and then I’ll be right as hell. — returned to claim the UFC title. The best title in the world.”
Jake Paul, who is activeOn October 29, reacted to Diaz’s controversial post-fight speech.
“Nate Diaz is going into boxing,” Paul said in a video posted to social media. “I wonder who he should fight.”
Diaz confirmed to reporters at the UFC 279 press conference that he would be on the Paul-Silva card.
White wished Diaz well in his future endeavors and will welcome him back to the UFC with open arms.
“It doesn’t matter what Nate will do from now on. This is his home,” White told reporters at a press conference. “He was always here. It was great to have him here. I wish him all the best. We discussed this with him a few months ago in the office. Whatever he does next. I wish him only the best. his own organization, to promote or do something else, I wish him the best of luck. It was great to have him here.”
“He’s so tough and so tough,” White said of the Ferguson fight. “They are both old guys who have been working here for a long time. It was what I expected.”
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