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Could Nate Diaz Find a New Home in BKFC Following UFC 279?

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According to BKFC president Dave Feldman, the promotion may look to get into the Nate Diaz business once his final appearance at UFC 279 is in the books.

After many months of lobbying for a fight, Nate Diaz finally got his wish. The Stockton native will step into the Octagon for the last fight on his UFC contract against Khamzat Chimaev in what many people are calling a “public execution.”

Once Diaz’s time with the promotion comes to a close following his September 10th main event, the fighter will become a free agent for the first time in 15 years. Despite bouts of inactivity and losing three of his last four, Nate Diaz will still be one of the hottest free agents to hit the combat sports market in years.

A potential landing spot for Diaz is the fast-growing Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC). The promotion has been gobbling up ex-UFC fighters over the last few years in an attempt to expand its brand. So far, BFKC has acquired popular former UFC talent including Chad Mendes, ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry, Paige VanZant, John Dodson, and Felice Herrig. The promotion also announced the signing of Buakaw Banchamek, arguably the most decorated Muay Thai competitor in the history of the sport.

During an interview with MMA Junkie Radio, BKFC President Feldman discussed the possibility of bringing Nate Diaz aboard the BKFC train this fall once his final UFC chapter comes to a close at UFC 279.

“I think it would be a great fit for our organization,” said Feldman. “Let’s see what happens with this fight that they just announced in the UFC with him.”

BKFC President Ready to Be in the ‘Nate Diaz Business’ After UFC 279

In his final walk to the Octagon, Nate Diaz will face dangerous welterweight Khamzat Chimaev. Winner of five straight in the UFC and 11-0 overall in his MMA career, Chimaev has looked nearly unstoppable in his run thus far. ‘Borz’ did face some adversity in his UFC 273 bout with Gilbert Burns, but Chimaev who was unranked at the time was thrust into facing the No. 2 ranked welterweight in the promotion.

 “The one thing I always want to worry about is that these fighters should still be fighting and not saying he definitely should be fighting,” Feldman said. “But after a tough fight like that, does he want to continue fighting? Is his heart in it? Is his body still in it, and is he ready to do it? If those answers are yes, 100 percent we would be in the Nate Diaz business, a hundred percent.”

Nate Diaz will also likely have an offer from YouTube star-turned-pro boxer Jake Paul who has consistently taken aim at the Ultimate Fighter alumni. That could be Diaz’s first priority upon his exit from the UFC, but one of the nice things about BKFC is that they allow their fighters to pursue opportunities elsewhere. A prime example is Paige VanZant who not only competes under the BKFC banner but also appears for All Elite Wrestling and is slated to appear in her first Hollywood film this October.

In an attempt to further expand and appeal to a wider audience, bringing Diaz to the squared circle would be huge for BKFC. Whether or not it happens is a coin flip at this point, but the partnership makes a lot of sense. Diaz will likely get a fat contract and the freedom to take on other opportunities while BKFC shows the Diaz army what it means to knuckle up.

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