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Nate Diaz: UFC has put me ‘on the shelf’ so I’m applying for boxing license

Diaz is looking to acquire a boxing license because he feels the UFC brass have put him on the shelf.

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It’s tough to satisfy a Diaz brother in the UFC. Even on a good day, the Diaz brothers will always find a way to channel their frustration.

Younger brother Nate Diaz, who fought Conor McGregor in two classic fights at UFC 196 and UFC 202, believes the UFC has put him ‘on the shelf’.

Diaz, who is the only man to beat McGregor under the UFC banner, choked the Irishman out at UFC 196 and lost a hard-fought decision in the rematch. The Stockton local hasn’t fought since that rematch in August and is unhappy with the way he’s being treated by the UFC.

Diaz says if MMA’s premier promotion can’t arrange a suitable fight, he’ll try his hand at boxing instead.

“I know what this is: I’m being put on the shelf,” Diaz told Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times in a recent interview. “That’s why I’m trying to get a boxing license.”

UFC president Dana White, though, says he hasn’t heard a word from Diaz since August.

“Nate said the only fight he wants is Conor … I haven’t heard a word from him [since August]. Usually when guys want a fight, they call.”

Diaz applied for a Nevada state boxing license shortly after McGregor announced his acquisition a California state license. Informal negotiations are currently underway for a boxing match between ‘The Notorious’ and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Diaz, 31, says no one in MMA is willing to sign a big-deal fight with him.

“No one in MMA wants it,” he said. “No one says they want a big-deal fight against me. If someone wants to fight, then let’s make a big deal.”

Diaz, a native lightweight, could face the winner of the Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 or challenge McGregor for the official title in a trilogy bout. Or, given his last two fights in the 170-pound division, Diaz could rematch Donald Cerrone for a welterweight number one contender’s bout if ‘Cowboy’ beats Jorge Masvidal at UFC on FOX 23.