According to the Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Bob Bennett, there is no reason not to grant Nate Diaz’s request for a boxing license.
Diaz has been teasing a similar move to Conor McGregor in an attempt to pursue some high profile opportunities.
McGregor made allegedly hundreds of millions of dollars for his fight with Floyd Mayweather in August, with a reported four million purchases on pay-per-view.
Diaz has also been in talks with the UFC, but has demanded $15 million to walk back into the octagon.
Diaz, 32 years old, hinted 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 last fought in the UFC at UFC 202 losing by majority decision to Conor McGregor 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.