Nate Diaz applying for Nevada boxing license
January 18, 2017
Nate Diaz is in the process of applying for a boxing license in the state of Nevada according to an ESPN report.
Diaz has paid his NSAC fine of $50,000 which stems from the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference bottle-throwing fiasco. As a result of clearing the fine, he should be able to obtain the license once he files the necessary paperwork.
Floyd Mayweather, who did an ESPN “car wash” to promote fights at the Barclay’s Center last week indicated that he had Facetimed with Diaz. According to Mayweather, Diaz believed the UFC put him on ice. Hence, the reason for the boxing license.
Diaz had stated (whether serious or not) that he would not fight in the UFC unless he was paid $20 million.
You may recall that Conor McGregor obtained a boxing license in California but cannot get a Nevada license since he has an outstanding fine from the NSAC of $75,000. Of course, he is in the midst of seeking judicial review of the commission ruling.
Similar to McGregor, Diaz is likely creating leverage. Diaz boxing seems unlikely especially when you consider that he’s still under contract with the UFC and the company will not allow him to fight. Of course, if the UFC is promoting or co-promoting that might be something to discuss. But, at this point, I doubt we see Diaz boxing.