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Nate Diaz claims UFC offered him title shot ‘in any weight class,’ teases boxing transition

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Nate Diaz updates from the man himself are few and far between and this latest one may only raise more questions.

On Friday, the UFC star sent out a tweet in which he claims that the UFC offered him a title shot in “any weight class,” but rather than accept that proposal he is moving on “to the next sport for now.” He then added a pair of boxing glove emojis to complete the message:

Diaz has not fought since August of last year, when he faced Conor McGregor at UFC 202. McGregor defeated him by majority decision, avenging the submission loss that Diaz handed him at UFC 196. Both bouts ranked among the highest-grossing events in UFC history.

Following the second bout, both McGregor and Diaz appeared to be amenable to a trilogy bout, but McGregor went on to challenge and defeat Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight championship at UFC 205 before setting up a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August 2017.

With the McGregor rubber match off the table, Diaz has been biding his time. He raised the possibility of going the boxing route when he acquired a license to box in the state of California (he has also applied for a license in Nevada), and was also recently rumored to be in consideration for a fight with UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley for Dec. 30 at UFC 219.

While the two McGregor bouts took place at 170 pounds, Diaz has competed primarily as a lightweight throughout his 12-year pro career.

If Diaz is to be believed, he’s in the driver’s seat when it comes to his negotiations with the UFC.

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