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Nate Diaz said after Saturday’s make an impression on Tony Ferguson he really wants to conquer another sport before time for UFC, via ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.
The 37-year-old explained his plans to Joe Rogan in the post-fight interview, via Damon Martin of MMA Fighting:
“I would like to escape the UFC for one minute and show each one of these UFC fighters how exactly to dominate and own up another sport how you’re likely to take action. CauseConor McGregordidn’t understand how to take action. None of the other fighters understand how to take action. So I’ll venture out there and I am going dominate another profession and be the very best at that.”
The win at UFC 279 was the initial for Diaz since 2019, having lost to Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards in this span.
Diaz was likely to face Khamzat Chimaev on Saturday, however the opponent missed weight and UFC was forced to reshuffle the card. The initial match was considered “punishment” by Diaz, who admitted he didn’t want the bout, via ESPN’s Marc Raimondi.
“I’ve gotta just go within and fight him for you personally real quick,” Diaz said. “I’m unmotivated for that.”
The veteran is now able to be released from his contract, providing to be able to potentially transfer to boxing.
Jake Paul indicated Diaz could possibly be his next opponent in a tweet after Saturday’s fight:
Jake Paul @jakepaul
Nate Diaz says hes entering the activity of boxing. pic.twitter.com/wZoKkDbN2s
Paul is defined to fight former MMA star Anderson Silva after already beating Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren.
Conor McGregor also attempted a transition to boxing but lost to Floyd Mayweather.
Diaz believes he is able to do much better than others in a fresh sport.