UFC President Dana White is notorious when it comes to cancelling big money matches for no reason. This is exactly what he did when White prevented UFC legend Georges St-Pierre from fighting boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya at Triller Club. This is due to the fact that St-Pierre is under contract with the UFC.
Dana White has made it clear on numerous times he is not a fan of crossover matches between the MMA and boxing worlds and now it seems he has prevented a huge match from happening yet again.
The ‘Tribute to the Kings’ event headlined by MMA legend Anderson Silva and former WBC middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. took place on June 19th at Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico. It was promoted by by Borizteca Boxing and Toscano Promotions and produced by Global Sports Streaming.
According to reports, the promoters of the event wanted to get Nate and Nick Diaz to compete in boxing matches at the event. MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin took to Twitter and revealed that while Nate Diaz was interested in competing in a boxing match, the UFC didn’t allow him to do so.
The promoters behind the #TributetotheKings card said they tried to get Nick and Nate Diaz on the event — Nate wanted to do it but UFC said no. They are hoping to do more MMA vs. boxing crossover fights.
Nate Diaz returned to the MMA world at UFC 263, where he faced off against Leon Edwards. Unfortunately for Diaz, his return didn’t quite go the way that he wanted to as Diaz lost the fight. Diaz would send a warning to the top 5 UFC lightweights and welterweights, signifying his interest in competing again soon.