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UFC-ya: NSAC will grant Nate Diaz a boxing license, encourages him to fight in Las Vegas

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight veteran Nate Diaz, 32, who moonlights as a welterweight when the price is right, has no plans to make his mixed martial arts (MMA) return, despite the fact that UFC matchmakers have promised him a title shot.

In any weight class.

Instead, the Stockton slugger hopes to follow the trail blazed by Kimbo Slice Conor McGregor and enter the world of boxing. I’m sure there is something in his “dirty” contract that would prevent such a move, but we can’t let thirsty bitches stand in the way of a good headline.

Especially when Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) is on board.

"I don't think he's requested a boxing license, to date," executive director Bob Bennett told Express Sport. “But from what I know of Nate and who he spars with, I believe he may have been a sparring partner at some point in time with Andre Ward, he and Nick.”

But don’t take his word for it, just ask Ward.

"So, if he applied, I would see no reason why we wouldn't license him. We would be happy to license him and we hope that he can fight in our state as well, 'The Fight Capital of the World.'"

Let’s hope he doesn’t have to fight another shady roid-head.

Diaz (19-11) hasn’t competed since his razor-thin decision loss to Conor McGregor at the UFC 202 pay-per-view (PPV) in late 2016. Partly because the promotion won’t give him a “Notorious” rubber match, but mostly because his asking price is higher than his brother on April 20th.

Maybe he can fight this retired pugilist?

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