Nate Diaz had a major reflection on his life last Saturday night when boxing stars, Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez and Daniel Jacobs, collided in a middleweight unification bout.
The Mexican champion, Álvarez, starred in his second boxing bout under the DAZN deal, which saw him landed the most lucrative contract in the sport’s history.
After 12 rounds of exchange, it was Álvarez who emerged on top, winning the match via unanimous decision to add the IBF middleweight championship to his WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles.
The fight, though going the distance, did not bring much spectacle but both boxers reportedly took home big paychecks.
‘Canelo‘ secured an estimated fight purse of $35 million while Jacobs took home $10 million but is set to lose $1 million due to technicalities.
These big paychecks are rarely seen in the UFC especially to fighters not named Conor McGregor.
This is why Diaz, who currently struggles with making a deal with the promotion, has thought of fighting Álvarez or Jacobs in the ring.
“Stuck In A Cage”
On the night of Álvarez vs Jacobs middleweight clash, the younger Diaz said he should be throwing hands with these boxing stars, but his commitment to UFC does not allow him to do so.
“I should be boxing these guys,” Diaz posted on Facebook.
“I’m stuck in a cage though.”
It has been over two years since Diaz last appeared in the UFC cage.
In 2016, he fought Conor McGregor in their rematch, where he took home a disclosed $2 million paycheck.
Diaz was in attendance at UFC Phoenix last February, where he served as one of the cornermen for the debuting Kron Gracie.
The Nevada-based promotion booked him for a lightweight bout against Dustin Poirier, but the fight was cancelled because of multiple reasons.
Diaz even threatened to leave the promotion and also teased a move to UFC’s rival, Bellator MMA.
Nate Is In Good Shape
Though Nate has yet to provide any signs of a potential Octagon return, previous reports claim that he continues to train hard and is, in fact, in good shape.
Despite his absence, the bad boy from Stockton is still getting callouts from his peers in the UFC.
In fact, Diaz is even embroiled in a heated social media feud with current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmanagomed and has been challenged by the latter.
Khabib isn’t the only one gunning for Diaz.
McGregor also called out Nate Diaz, right after Anderson Silva challenged the latter’s brother, Nick Diaz in a fight in Brazil.
The former two-division champion, McGregor, said he is willing to fight Nate Diaz again for the third time if the UFC book them in the same fight card with Nick Diaz and Anderson Silva.
Nate currently holds a 19-11 win-loss record in his professional MMA career.
He has notable wins against the likes of McGregor, Donald Cerrone, and Gray Maynard.
Will we see him back in the cage this year? Or will he shift to boxing?
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Nate Diaz)