Dana White has nothing but respect for a fighter who has spent the previous 15 years on his roster, despite Nate Diaz’s announcement that he will be leaving the UFC following his victory over Tony Ferguson.
Diaz announced the launch of his own promotion, Real Fight, Inc., just before UFC 279, where he intends to stage boxing battles, MMA fights, and even grappling contests.
Dana White reacts to Nate Diaz leaving UFC
In addition to these goals, Diaz has stated that he wants to succeed in sports other than mixed martial arts. Many people think that Diaz would naturally transfer into boxing given the lucrative matches that may potentially be in store for him against fighters like Jake Paul.
“He’s been here forever,” White said of Diaz at the UFC 279 post-fight press conference. “It’s been a blast having him here. I wish him well.
“Me and him had this discussion months ago at the offices. Whatever he moves on to do, I wish him nothing but the best. He’s starting his own organization or getting into promoting or doing something else, I wish him nothing but the best of luck. It’s been awesome having him here.”
“No matter what Nate does from here on out, this is his house,” White said.
Transcription courtesy of MMA Fighting