I while back, UFC superstar Conor McGregor got his license to box in the state of California. Then, last week, the McGregor-versus-Floyd Mayweather talk reached such a fever pitch that UFC boss Dana White publicly offered to promote a McGregor/Mayweather boxing match and pay both men $25 million. Now, Nate Diaz is going for his license to box in Nevada.
What the heck is going on here? Is the wall between MMA and the Sweet Science coming down?
UFC veteran Nate Diaz is in the process of applying for a professional boxing license in Nevada.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has confirmed to ESPN.com that it has been in contact with Diaz’s representatives for several weeks and that Diaz is currently in the process of filing the necessary paperwork.
In anticipation of filing for a boxing license, Diaz has paid the $50,000 fine the NSAC handed him last month. The fine stemmed from Diaz’s actions during a UFC 202 news conference with Conor McGregor last August.
“Nate paid his fine and has requested a boxing license,” NSAC executive director Bob Bennett said. “Upon his submission of the required licensing information, we expect to approve his license as of this date.
“We welcome Nate and his older brother, Nick, to fight in Las Vegas, whether it’s with the UFC or a boxing promoter.”