Money remains the major hangup for the boys from Stockton, CA.
After UFC lightweight Myles Jury took to Twitter Sunday in an attempt to lure Nate Diaz back into action, the younger Diaz brother again responded only with gripes about his current contract with the promotion.
.@NateDiaz209 I respect u a lot, BUT... I confirmed to fight you & have been waiting on you for a week. Are we getting after it or what?— Myles Jury (@FuryJury) June 29, 2014
Bout my money #breakbread till then don't call ..— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) June 29, 2014
With the UFC showing their approval of Jury in the form of a re-tweet from their official Twitter account, semi-retired welterweight contender Nick Diaz made a seemingly innocuous post that let his hashtags do the talking.
#$$ #Makeadeal #ufc #nickdiaz #bloodmoney #1love #ht #hateLV
Stating in April that he was the 'biggest draw in the lightweight division,' Nate Diaz asked for his release from the UFC, unhappy with his current contract ($60K to show, $60K to win). "If I can get released, I can go fight somewhere and make some money," said Diaz. "If they can renegotiate, I can make some money, because right now I'm broke."
Nick Diaz hasn't stepped inside the Octagon since his unsuccessful title challenge to then welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158 in March of 2013. While there seems to be mutual interest in a possible fight between Diaz and former middleweight champion Anderson Silva, UFC president Dana White insists the bout likely wouldn't take place until 2015.
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Hate to see you go.
I was sore this morning but I still made my tee time at Oak Hills Country Club :) http://t.co/opmzQDT2VZ— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) June 29, 2014
Can't tell you how happy iam with the support and love I feel coming from all of you! That W is dedicated to my family friends and followers— Kelvin Gastelum (@KelvinGastelum) June 29, 2014
Muito obrigado a todos meus patrocinadores pelo suporte dedico essa vitória a vcs cristianopiquet... http://t.co/pBQb790WqC— Cezar Ferreira (@cezarmutante) June 29, 2014
Not my most exciting performance, broke my thumb in the first round, tried the best I could under the... http://t.co/5aSooCnj0p— Ricardo Lamas (@RicardoLamasMMA) June 29, 2014
Always knew I was tough and love to fight!!! But last night I realized it's not hard to leave it all... http://t.co/iZEdCTuyMI— Clint Hester (@clinthester) June 29, 2014
Joe Ellenberger (@JoeEllenberger) June 29, 2014
Jared Rosholt (@JaredRosholt) June 28, 2014
Robert Whittaker (@RJWhittaker1990) June 29, 2014
Better luck next time.
Thank you everyone! Life is all about learning, evolving & being better than you were the day before. I'll be back hungrier than ever. @ufc— Jeremy Stephens (@LiLHeathenMMA) June 29, 2014
Nico Musoke (@NicoMusoke) June 29, 2014
Wasn't a win, but that was one hell of a fun fist fight. ufc http://t.co/yvTHnDcInx— Andrew Craig (@aHIGHLIGHTcraig) June 29, 2014
Viva um dia após o outro! Life is tough!— Braga Neto (@BragaNeto) June 29, 2014
Thank you everyone for your support. I am ok with no injuries. I tried my best and I want to congratulate Joe... http://t.co/Wu6VbnMjnK— James Moontasri (@jmoontasri) June 29, 2014
Sorry guys @JaredRosholt was the better man he kicked my ass tonight. Il be back!— Soa The Hulk Palelei (@soathehulk) June 28, 2014
Hatsu Hioki (@hatsu_hioki) June 28, 2014
Just jumping off bridges in New Zealand no big deal lol! Awesome experience gotta find the light in... http://t.co/z3V16U5NbY— Michael (@TeamRocBiggie) June 29, 2014
GSP explains that 'vouching for a drug lord' thing.
Letter for my fans pic.twitter.com/2m7r022g5p— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) June 29, 2014
Everyone wants to fight Swanson.
@CubSwanson Fight me.— Chan Sung Jung (@KoreanZombieMMA) June 29, 2014
Nik Lentz (@NikLentz) June 29, 2014
Conte weighs in.
Próximo sábado, darei a mesma alegria.Valeu seleção! Congratulations Brazilian team. Next Saturday we go together. pic.twitter.com/3JdhiKqStq— Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) June 29, 2014
Weidman not into fighting Johny Hendricks just yet.
@Burb5 I love super fights but the champs must dominate their division for it to happen. Neither of us are there yet.— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) June 27, 2014
I don't always take selfies but when I do it's in Brazil at the World Cup with Will Farrell.... http://t.co/4aYAjm7ZiK— Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) June 29, 2014
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via tigerlee.
A look at the regional scene of MMA highlighting the bouts of well-known veterans and rising prospects fighting in promotions not named UFC, Bellator, or WSOF.
While the past week was an unusually slow one for any fighters of note, it did feature a more than usual amount of upset bouts, as well as changing of the guard fights that signal the waning days of yesterday's heroes.
Hantaru starched former Bellator & DREAM vet Carvalho in just 44 seconds at Shooto Brazil 48 for a huge upset in his first MMA win. Sort of controversial, check the video and see what you think. Bellator vet Foster edged former TUF guy Main in a not very close split (another judging pratfall with one scoring it 30-27 Main) at CFFC 36. MMA late-comer Mima put on a show against another former Bellator vet in Ledesma, at the same CFFC 36 show. But it was DEEP 67 that featured some torch passing as Motoya surprisingly subbed Maeda (who is now on a 5 fight winless streak, even after dropping to 125), and Ochi pounded leglock master Imanari after closing the latter's eye with some nasty ground strikes that led to the doctor stoppage. One bright spot was Nakamura winning his bout over old-timer Yamamiya, a guy who debuted in this game back in 1996...a true millennial warrior. I'd love to see K-Taro in one of the bigger orgs again.
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