Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) is looking to sign arguably the biggest free agent in combat sports right now, Nate Diaz.
In a recent interview Damon Martin of MMA Fighting, BKFC President David Feldman said that he and his bare knuckle promotion are scheduled to speak with Diaz and his team next week.
“We’re definitely scheduled to talk next week and we’ll see if we can lock that down (signing Diaz to BKFC),” Feldman said. “It’s a goal of mine and sometimes when I put goals in front of me, I don’t let anything stop me from getting there so I hope that’s one of them as well.”
Diaz (21-13) is officially a free agent after officially parting ways with world’s most notorious mixed martial arts promotion, the UFC, in November.
Diaz, winner of the Ultimate Fighter Season 5 in 2007, fought 27 times for the UFC over his illustrious 15-year tenure with the company.
After his most recent fight, a fourth-round finish over Tony Ferguson at UFC 279 in September, Diaz made it known that he was going to test the free agency market after completing his UFC contract.
Diaz, who may still compete with other promotions sometime in the near future, has also expressed interest in becoming a promoter for a brand that he calls “Real Fight Inc.”
Following the conclusion of UFC 279, UFC President Dana White wished Diaz the best of luck in the future.
“Whatever he moves on to do, I wish him nothing but the best,” White said. “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.”
Feldman believes that BKFC has the best fights to offer Diaz and that the money will be just right.
“The money’s on the table for him,” Feldman said about Diaz when speaking to MMA Fighting. “It’s just a matter now of does he want to fight bare knuckle? That’s all it really is. I’m confident he can make more money with us than he can anywhere else, even fighting Jake Paul. Because if you know what he’s been paying those guys, they’ve been making decent money, don’t get me wrong. The pay-per-views have been doing decent and he can get some upside but I think if he fought a guy like Mike Perry with bare knuckles, I think that’s probably his most popular option out there that he’s going to get the most eyeballs on that.
“He could get more on Jake Paul but I think people are getting tired of — not Jake Paul but Jake Paul fighting someone he’s supposed to beat. Not that he was supposed to beat Anderson Silva. I’ll tell you he looked very good in that fight and ended up dropping Anderson Silva, which really, really impressed me, but we’re talking about Nate now. Nate is someone I’d love to get. It’s someone that I think if he could crossover to this he would bring a lot of MMA fans into this organization and I think it would be great acquisition.”
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