Nate Diaz will always be one of the OG’s of the fight game. As such, the Stockton Slugger now leaves the UFC, seeking pastures and opportunities anew. Diaz rounded off his final performance with a guillotine choke on Tony Ferguson in the main event of UFC 279.
The fight was everything you would have expected. Blood flowing, limbs flying and some mid-fight taunting, Tony and Nate certainly delivered. After a back-and-forth contest, Nate was able to lock in the guillotine after Ferguson went for a takedown attempt in the fourth.
Following the victory, Nate gave his respects to Tony. “I was like, give me anybody you got and at least I got a worthy, OG representative of mixed martial arts to do it on.” Further, Nate spoke about his future outside of the UFC: “I wanna get out of the UFC for a minute and show all the UFC fighters how to take over and own up another sport. Cause Conor McGregor didn’t know how to do it and none of these other fighters know how to do it.”
Moreover, Nate is thinking bigger than just boxing. “Boxing, kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu, other MMA organizations if you think you’re the top, Creme de la Creme right here. I’m coming for you.” Interestingly, Nate also adds the fact that he will in fact be making a return to the UFC later. Specifically mentioning that he will be back to fight for the UFC title, referring to it as “the best title in the world.”
This is very interesting considering that Nate has to date refused all opportunities to re-sign with the UFC. Although he has stated that a trilogy fight with Conor will happen, there is no timeline for it yet. With Diaz now wanting time away from the UFC, there is no telling if the fight will even happen.
Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor Trilogy Fight
Previously, Nate revealed that a trilogy fight with McGregor could not happen due to certain factors. Even though both parties are keen on making it happen down the line, “the timing is not on right now.” Additionally, Diaz threw shade at McGregor’s boxing career as well.
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Clearly, Nate believes that he has more to offer than Conor, Woodley, Askren, and other UFC fighters when it comes to Boxing. According to Nate, he is not restricting himself to just boxing, he is open to kickboxing and jiu-jitsu as well. As such, Nate wants to set an example for the UFC fighters on how to make the most of opportunities in other sports.
However, this leaves questions regarding the trilogy fight with McGregor. For one, will the fight even be in the UFC? Or will the matter be settled in a boxing ring? Only time will tell.
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