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NSAC Head: No Reason Not To Give Boxing License To Nate Diaz

According to Bob Bennett, the Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, there is no reason not grant Nate Diaz's request for a boxing license.

Ever since fellow UFC superstar Conor McGregor was granted a license to box, Diaz has been teasing a similar move to pursue some high profile opportunities.

McGregor made his professional boxing debut back in August, at the junior middleweight limit of 154-pounds. He was stopped in ten rounds by the comebacking five division world champion Floyd Mayweather.

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McGregor made a bundle of money, with estimates of $100 million and there were 4 million purchases on pay-per-view.

The UFC wants to get Diaz back in the cage, but the fighter reportedly is demanding at least $15 million to fight again.

Diaz, 32 years old, hinted last Friday that he intends to go forward with his plan to enter boxing. He's reportedly already spoken with multiple promoters.

If he does apply, Bennett explains that he would certainly license him.

"I don't think he's requested a boxing licence, to date," 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.

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

Diaz, 19-11 in MMA, has not fought in the UFC since a close majority decision loss to McGregor in their rematch at UFC 202 in August 2016.

According to UFC president Dana White, Diaz has been turning down potential fights left and right.

"Nate Diaz turned down a fight with everybody on the roster," White said. "We’ve been offering him fights for (a long time). When was the last time he fought? A year-and-a-half-ago?

"For a year-and-a-half, we’ve been offering him fights. As a promoter, we have to offer him fights. Because we’re supposed to give him three fights a year. So we continuously offer him fights and he continuously turns them down."

Diaz attempting to enter boxing would face resistance from the UFC, who have the fighter under contract. McGregor went through a similar situation when he set his goal to fight Mayweather in a boxing ring - and the end result saw the UFC become the co-promoter of the Mayweather pay-per-view.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by .!WAR MIKEY! on 12-12-2017

I agree. These are professional fighters maybe not boxers persae but you cant make a valid claim that they are anyworse than other lower levels boxers that are licensed.

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