Nate Diaz has revealed that he is working towards getting a boxing license as he feels the UFC have put him “on the shelf”.
Diaz last competed in the Octagon at UFC 202 in August last year, where he lost via majority decision to current lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
That was the second instance that the pair had faced each other as Diaz won their first meeting at UFC 196 in March 2016, where he handed McGregor his first-ever UFC loss by making him submit in the second round.
Diaz has been campaigning for a trilogy fight with the Irishman, but the UFC don’t seem keen on the idea.
“I know what this is: I’m being put on the shelf,” Diaz told the Los Angeles Times. “That’s why I’m trying to get a boxing license.”
Following his loss to McGregor in August, Diaz said that he would wait for 10 months to try and complete the trilogy bout. He then went on to say that he wouldn’t fight anyone unless he was paid $20 million. After that, he proceeded to threaten to leave the UFC in order to join Floyd Mayweather’s “Money Team” as a boxer.
Speaking about the situation, UFC president Dana White said via text message: “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.”
If Diaz is still eager to face McGregor, he will have to wait for a lengthy period of time as McGregor is set to put his title on the line against the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, who will compete for the interim lightweight title at UFC 209 in March.
There is also a possibility that McGregor could move up to the welterweight division in order to try and capture his third title or move down to the featherweight division and reclaim the title he was forced to give up after winning the lightweight belt when he defeated Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November last year.
When asked if he would be willing to fight anyone else, Diaz claimed that no one else is interested in challenging 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.”