Like most people, it seems that Nate Diaz isn’t taking the news that Conor McGregor has obtained a boxing license in the state of California particularly seriously.
“I think the whole thing is a publicity stunt,” Diaz said during a recent interview with Elie Seckbach.
That certainly appears to be the case.
McGregor is under contract with the UFC and, as such, is prohibited from participating in any combat sports competition outside of the promotion without the consent of company brass. For this reason, boxing license or not, that much talked about fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. remains highly unlikely.
As does a boxing bout with any of the plethora of pugilists who called the Irishman out after the story was picked up by the media.
McGregor is keenly aware of all of this, of course. Thus the widespread conclusion that this is merely another masterstroke from a promotional genius.
However, if McGregor has genuine intentions of switching combat codes and he manages to somehow, some way, free himself sufficiently from his contractual shackles so that he can compete as a boxer, Diaz claims he is going to follow suit.
The Stockton slugger even said that he already plans on applying for boxing licenses in two states.
“I’m going to get my boxing license in Cali and Nevada,” Diaz told Seckbach. “I tried to get out of my UFC contract years ago. I had guys try to buy out my UFC contract so I could box – years ago. But the UFC wouldn’t let me go. So I have been stuck in these contracts and stuff.”
“Now [McGregor] is talking about this Mayweather stuff and it’s getting all this hype, and I’m like ‘Do your thing with Mayweather.’ But if they let him out to box, then I’m boxing somebody too – somebody mainstream on the same card. Or another card – whatever.”
“But I’m not doing it for a publicity stunt, I’m doing it because I love the sport of boxing. I want to win, I want to win fights for real and get out of this MMA shit that I’m not even into anyway. I don’t think they want me in there anyway, so I might as well stay out.”
The California State Athletic Commission may be willing to license Diaz as they did McGregor, but it’s unlikely that he will obtain a license in Nevada at this point. McGregor too applied in the state but due to the fact that he had not yet paid the $75,000 fine imposed on him by the Nevada Athletic Commission(NAC) in October nor produced an anti-bullying PSA as instructed, ‘The Notorious’ one was not granted a license.
These sanctions were imposed upon McGregor by the NAC as punishment for his role in the infamous melee that broke out at the final UFC 202 press conference in August. Diaz’s disciplinary hearing for his involvement in the same incident has yet to be scheduled.