Dana White Says Nate Diaz Will Not Fight Tony Ferguson in his Last UFC Fight

Published 10/25/2021, 9:50 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 19: Nate Diaz poses on the scale during the UFC 202 weigh-in at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on August 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC President Dana White spoke to the media following UFC Vegas 41, which was headlined by Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori. The long-time boss of the company gave his candid views on the aforementioned fight and also fielded questions about other fighters. One such name that was brought up by the media was Stockton’s second son, Nate Diaz.

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Fans and media members want to know what is next for Nate Diaz who is heading into the last fight of his existing UFC contract. Many names have been thrown around as potential opponents and lightweight Tony Ferguson was one that got traction. However, White ended up shutting down the idea and revealed that there were other fights in motion for Nate Diaz.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – APRIL 24: UFC President Dana White is seen during UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on April 24, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

“He’s got one more fight [on his UFC contract]. We’re working on a fight for him. Tony [Ferguson] wasn’t one of the guys we were working on, but we’re working on a fight for Nate [Diaz] now. He’s got one fight left.”

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What’s next for Nate Diaz?

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Nate Diaz is a fan-favorite slugger, and he’s given the fans some memorable moments within the last decade. There is a lot of interest surrounding his future and fans want to know if he will transition to boxing. Diaz has been slated to take on Jake Paul in a crossover boxing match that fans didn’t know they wanted.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 05: Nate Diaz reacts to his victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in their welterweight bout during the UFC 196 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

With his contract with the UFC coming to an end, it’s very possible that he decides to entertain free agency and enter the world of boxing. Other than jiu-jitsu, the Diaz brothers are boxing specialists and Nate Diaz would generate a lot of revenue at the box office. The market for celebrity boxing matches has taken over and fans have gained an appetite for the same.

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However, he certainly has one more blockbuster UFC fight left in him, at the very least. The UFC will go above and beyond to ensure that the final opponent on his existing contract is one who can match Diaz’s star power at the box office. It’s possible that the UFC could look towards a rubber match between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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