It looks like Nate Diaz is following the footsteps of Conor McGregor.
The #6 ranked UFC lightweight is in the process of applying for a license to box in the state of Nevada. The news comes a month after it was revealed that McGregor had been granted a license in California.
It was reported that Diaz has paid his $50K fine for bottle-throwing at the UFC 202 press conference in order to apply for his license. McGregor, meanwhile, is also working on getting licensed in Nevada but has not yet paid his $75K and 50 hours of community service for the incident.
ESPN confirmed the news with NSAC executive director Bob Bennett.
"Nate paid his fine and has requested a boxing license," Bennett said. "Upon his submission of the required licensing information, we expect to approve his license as of this date.
"We welcome Nate and his older brother, Nick, to fight in Las Vegas, whether it's with the UFC or a boxing promoter."
Diaz, a sparring partner of top pound-for-pound boxer Andre Ward, has spoken to Floyd Mayweather Jr. about the possibility of boxing under Mayweather Promotions, although he remains under contract with the UFC.
"When I talked to Nate Diaz, he told me [the UFC] had put him on the shelf," Mayweather said. "He said, 'Since the second fight with Conor McGregor, they put me on the shelf. I'm ready to stay busy, stay active.'
"Nate Diaz even talked to me about coming to box."