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Morning Report: Nick Diaz 'sick' over brother Nate's pay, says Conor McGregor fight 'needs to happen'

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Nick Diaz isn't happy.

Rather than see his brother Nate making headlines for his resurgent performance over Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 17, much of the post-fight chatter has centered around his paycheck.

Speaking with Chael Sonnen on his podcast, Diaz said he'd rather see his brother retire than fight for a fight purse of $20,000 to show and $20,000 to win.

"It makes me sick," Diaz said his brother's disclosed salary. "It makes me sick what I get paid. It makes me sick for what I've done in the past. Then you see this guy [McGregor] come out and do really well and it drives you crazy.

"[Nate] is stuck in the stone age back there, but I'm trying to help bring him some understanding. It's a quick fix, though. They really sell him short, both of us. As far as the 20 and 20, these guys are laughing, thinking it's a joke. No, dude. That's what he gets paid."

That quick fix? A date with UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor. Nate was one of three fighters on Saturday to call out the Irishman in a post-fight interview and brother Nick agrees that it's the only fight to make.

"You can't lie to the fans," said Diaz. "They know what they want to see. It's the fight that needs to happen. My brother's definitely relevant. You can't just act like he's not. This fight should probably happen, as far as I'm concerned. You've got these other guys that aren't very popular, even though they're holding the belt. Belts aren't important. It's the fights that are important. Important to the fans, important to the show. That's more money for everybody."

"I think Conor was saying he wanted the fight, too, one time on account of somebody pulling out because they were hurt. He was asking for the fight, too, so give him what he wants."

Diaz also took some exception to comments made this week by UFC commentator Joe Rogan on his podcast. Speaking with UFC veteran Brendan Schaub, Rogan joked about promoting a McGregor-Diaz clash by saying the two would need to be separated by glass, much like a prison visit.

"If my brother signed a fight with somebody he's not going to punch him in the face," said Diaz. "Come on. He's not going to show up at someone's door when he's on his way to breakfast. The fight's already signed. The fight's already happening. Have I ever punched anybody I was going to fight? It's not going to happen.

"However, if [McGregor] doesn't want to acknowledge what my brother said out there, in my opinion, that's a huge insult. Hey, who the f**k are you? You're going to get punked out. We're all on planet Earth walking around. We have to be at the same places. You want to get punked out in front of all your fans? My brother's fighting for 20 and 20. It doesn't matter to him. He's doing a free fight."

Diaz doesn't instill much confidence that the promotion leading up to that bout wouldn't get physical, but says McGregor could be just as likely to take it there.

"[Rogan and Schaub] didn't come off out of line or anything," said Diaz. "For instance, like my brother's 'going to hit him before the fight happens.' Someone could definitely get slapped up, but that could easily go both ways. Conor's going back and forth with guys and you don't see anything really happen, but they probably would happen on the outs and they would on account of nobody acknowledging what's what."

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Now he wants me to beg??? I may have misunderstood that he wanted my belt... |||------>>>>Agora ele quer que eu...

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