Dan Hooker believes that MMA superstar Nate Diaz becoming a free agency is “incredibly dangerous for the UFC.”

Diaz fought out his contract last weekend when he dueled fellow legend  Tony Ferguson during the headlining act of UFC 279 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Diaz was originally supposed to scrap with Khamzat Chimaev, but a day before the event Chimaev missed the welterweight limit by seven-and-a-half pounds.

Chimaev was downgraded to the co-main event where he demolished Kevin Holland in the first round via D’Arce choke. Diaz also picked up a win on September 10, catching Ferguson in a fourth-round guillotine choke. It was Diaz’s first stoppage win since he submitted Conor McGregor at UFC 196 in 2016.

Diaz Plans to Move on From the UFC for His Next Combat Sports Appearance

After getting his hand raised at the center of the Octagon, Diaz spoke with color commentator Joe Rogan about his fighting future. And in short, Diaz said he would be leaving the promotion to compete in other combat sports.

“I want to get out of the UFC for a minute and show all these UFC fighters how to take over and own up another sport, how you’re supposed to do it,” Diaz said (h/t Sportskeeda.com). “Conor McGregor didn’t know how to do it and none of these other fighters know how to do it. So I’m going to go out there, I’m going to take over another profession and become the best at that… All you mother f****** out there trying to run other sports, boxing, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu… If you think you’re the top! Creme de la creme right here, I’m coming for you.”

Diaz did leave the door open for a potential return in the future, however. “And then [after dominating other sports] I’m going to be right back here to get a mother f****** UFC title, the best title in the world,” Diaz said.

Diaz is viewed by many as the biggest free agent in mixed martial arts history. He’s undoubtedly one of the biggest names in combat sports and considering he wants to compete in disciplines like boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, he’ll likely receive offers from a plethora of organizations.

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Source:: Heavy.com

      

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