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Morning Report: Manager says Nate Diaz still very upset over current UFC contract

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

With news that Nate Diaz had ended his holdout to face Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 13, there were hopes that the former lightweight contender would be on better terms with UFC brass. According to Diaz' manager, Mike Kogan, that doesn't appear to be the case.

"No. F**k no. No. We're not happy," Kogan told Fight Hub.

Diaz, who hasn't competed since starching Gray Maynard last November at the The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale, had chosen to remain sidelined rather than earn what he believed to be an unreasonable salary.

Some believed Diaz had won his game of chicken with the UFC in September when he was booked against Dos Anjos, but it was quickly revealed it was only the caliber of opponent that ended the holdout.

According to Kogan, the original eight-fight deal Diaz signed prior to his December 2012 title bout with Benson Henderson remains as much of an issue as ever.

"We weren't happy when we were signing it," said Kogan. "Just kind of made it work because it was two weeks before the fight and there just wasn't time to be making a lot of waves."

Kogan says White and the UFC became frosty when Diaz wanted more money to face rising stars rather than established contenders.

"The next thing you know, they're trashing [Diaz] in public that he's afraid to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov, which was bulls**t. Nobody said afraid, we just said, 'Hey, you want me to fight up-an-coming guys and build them up and give them exposure? Then you have to pay.'

In the wake of the infamous clashes between White and Kogan on social media, the manager isn't sure how much a relationship he and his fighter have with the UFC president.

"I feel like it's important to have a relationship, but I also feel like it's important not to trash your fighters in public," said Kogan.

"[White] spent a whole year trashing [Diaz] and now he's fighting a No. 3 guy in the co-main event on FOX. Talk about 'needle movers.' If he's not moving the needle what is he doing there? How do you get to a co-main event and 'you're not a needle mover' and 'you're insignificant' and 'I don't care if he never fights again, he can just go away forever.'

Reaffirming the strain between his fighter and the UFC, Kogan says Diaz is fighting purely out of need.

"Nobody said everything's OK. [Diaz] is back because he needs to fight. He needs to earn a living. If he was [Floyd Mayweather Jr.] making $30 million a fight he'd probably never come back and you'd never hear from him again, but he doesn't get paid the kind of money that people think he does. You can't sit out forever. You have to at some point come back, but at least he came back on his own terms. He got the fight that he wanted against a top three contender."

Nate Diaz faces Rafael dos Anjos Dec. 13 at UFC on FOX 13 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Everyday I'm going to score two controversial fights with the minute/minute system that I designed and match it next to the official judges score for you to see the difference and the flaw in not just the judges, but the 10 Point Must system. This fight was #NickDiaz vs #CarlosCondit #UFC143

Nick Diaz Carlos Condit
R1)9,10,10,10,10 49 10,9,9,9,10 47
R2)10,10,10,10,10 50 9,9,9,9,10 46
R3) 9,9,9,9,9 45 10,10,10,10,10 50
R4) 9,9,9,9,9 45 10,10,10,10,10 50
R5) 10,10,10,10,10 50 10,10,9,9,9 47

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