The combat sports world is determined to see a mixed martial artist fight a boxer one way or another. Brett Okamoto of ESPN first broke the news that Nate Diaz is in the process of applying for a boxing license in the state of Nevada.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed that the necessary paperwork is being filed and that they have been in discussion with Nate’s camp for a few weeks.
With a license filing ahead of him, Diaz paid the $50,000 fine that was levied to him after his UFC 202 press conference outburst with Conor McGregor. According to NSAC executive director Bob Bennett:
“Nate paid his fine and has requested a boxing license. Upon his submission of the required licensing information, we expect to approve his license as of this date. We welcome Nate and his older brother, Nick, to fight in Las Vegas, whether it’s with the UFC or a boxing promoter.”
In a recent interview with ESPN, Floyd Mayweather revealed that in a FaceTime session with Diaz, Nate conveyed that the UFC is refusing to give him a fight. Which led him to question whether or not he should try his hand at boxing.
In November of 2016 Conor McGregor was granted a boxing license in the state of California. Diaz, however, has been a sparring partner for light heavyweight boxing champion Andre Ward on several occasions.
There will probably be very little talk of Diaz stepping in for McGregor in a matchup with Floyd as Nate is a much bigger fighter. But could we possibly see a fight card headlined by Mayweather versus McGregor with Nate Diaz on the undercard? Given the potential draw it would be hard to rule that out. Additionally, it would be a much bigger co-promotion between the UFC and Mayweather Promotions if two of the UFC’s biggest stars are on the card.