Nate Diaz has yet to become a free agent, but people are already lining up to sign him.
Recently, the youngest Diaz brother has been very vocal about his unhappiness with his current contractual situation with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Diaz (20-13, 15-11 UFC) said that the UFC is holding him "hostage" as they won't let him fight out of his contract. The future of the Stockton, Calif., representative might be even away from mixed martial arts, as the fighter himself implied many times in the past. The UFC superstar never hid that he would like to test himself in other combat sports, including boxing. If he chooses to go that way in the future, the boxing doors are already open for him.
In an exclusive interview with InsideFighting's Andrew Capucetti, multiple-time champion and the Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar de la Hoya stated that he would be more than happy to promote Diaz's next fights once he gets out of his UFC contract.
If you need any help, hit me up. As long as you're free from the UFC, that's it. I don't want to mess with Dana White anymore. [Laughs].
At the moment, Diaz still has one fight left with the UFC. According to some recent rumors, he might be taking on rising start Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279 on Sept. 10. At the moment, it's unclear whether Diaz's fight with Chimaev will be his last Octagon appearance or if the UFC superstar has already reached a new deal with the Las Vegas-based promotion. Still, de la Hoya is urging Diaz to go down the rabbit hole and bring his skills to the boxing world. According to the Olympic gold medal winner, Diaz might become a titleholder in the new discipline.
I can see him [becoming a champion]. Yeah. If he takes it serious, absolutely. Cause he's a fighter. I think there's a window there for him of opportunities.
Someone who might be interested in facing Diaz in the squared circle is boxing rising star Jake Paul. The 25-year-old YouTuber is currently booked to face Hasim Rahman Jr. at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, on Aug. 6. Paul has been teasing the UFC fighter with some jabs on the Net, and a hypothetical clash between the two will get plenty of attention. De la Hoya is sure that the interest in the fight will be off the charts and turn into a huge box-office success.
A Nate fight with Jake Paul would be f**king massive. I think it can be like three million pay-per-views. I think it's an even fight. Jake might have more power because he's just a bigger guy, but Nate has the skill. He's elusive, you know, he's kind of like a little awkward and experienced. It's an even fight, man. It's a great fight.
Whatever Diaz chooses to do, his future is full of possibilities.