The ‘Tribute to the Kings’ event headlined by MMA legend Anderson Silva and former WBC middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. took place on Saturday, June 19, at Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico. It was promoted by Borizteca Boxing and Toscano Promotions and produced by Global Sports Streaming. As revealed by reports, it seems the promoters of the event wanted to get UFC megastars, Nate and Nick Diaz, to compete in boxing matches at the event as well. However, while Nate Diaz was definitely interested in competing at the event, it seems the UFC prevented him from doing so. Jake Paul also begged Nate Diaz in a recently leaked phone call.
Nate Diaz also squared off against Leon Edwards at UFC 263 in a highly competitive fight that saw Nate Diaz lose in a shocking result to the fight. After the fight, Edwards called for a shot at Kamaru Usman’s UFC welterweight title following his win and that irritated people including Gilbert Burns.
Nate Diaz’s longtime training partner Chris Avila recently spoke to SunSport, where he revealed that Nate Diaz wants to start his own MMA or boxing promotion after retiring from the UFC.
“He has one more fight I’m sure lined up on his contract and then he’s going to be doing a lot of his own stuff after,” Avila said. “I know he’s got a lot of new plans. He’s going to be doing his own fight show, he might even headline his own fight. It might be boxing, MMA, but it will be a big fight. He’s only hoping to fight the biggest guys, whoever is there to fight, it’s going to be someone big.”
“He’s going to get the whole Nick Diaz Academy on his own fight show, we need to show everybody that we’re the s–t,” Avila said. “We’ve got the best fighters out here in Stockton, most people know it but we’ve got guys primed and ready to go. We’ve got real fighters putting in real work and it’s time for us to get exposure.”