UFC star Nate Diaz has confirmed that he wants to leave the promotion after the final fight on his contract.
While he certainly isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, Nate Diaz is the kind of fighter who holds a special place in the hearts of MMA fans across the globe. His defiant nature, combined with his fight style, has made him quite the commodity – especially since his two-fight series with Conor McGregor.
The 37-year-old has been on the losing end of his UFC bouts more often than not in recent years and yet despite that, he’s still one of the biggest draws in the company.
Of course, his many disputes with the Ultimate Fighting Championship have been well documented, to the point where he’s been begging to fight out his current deal before going on to pastures new.
In an interview with Ariel Helwani, the Stockton king doubled down on that desire.
“I don’t want no more money. I want to go do different stuff. There’s stuff out there for me to do, and I went in there and talked to them, and it’s with all due respect.
“You’re not going to let me go? I’ve just to deal with this more like I’ve been, like repeatedly trying to get the f*** out? It’s my main concern every day. I train every day. I wake up and I train and I try to figure out how to deal with it.”
“It’s nobody’s business, but now I’ve got to make it other people’s business because I need some backup here. Can somebody tell these mf’ers to get me a fight? Anybody. Anyone. My patience is over. I’m done with it. I’m done with this s***.”
“UFC, can I please have my last fight and be on my way? Give me anybody. I want to fight next month. July, August at the latest, and I want to be on my way. I’ll fight tonight.”
After his next UFC fight we do think Diaz is going to head into free agency instead of re-signing. When doing so, he’ll likely have many offers from acting to competing for other MMA promotions to bare-knuckle boxing.
What we think he’ll edge towards, though, is a lucrative celebrity boxing payday, most likely against Jake Paul.