It’s no secret that UFC President Dana White and lightweight star Nate Diaz have had their share of issues in the past - after all, Diaz once got to slap White - but when Diaz finally was set to return against Dustin Poirier at UFC 230, it looked like maybe their relationship would be back to business as usual. But now that Poirier has been removed from the card due to injury, and Diaz has chosen not to accept a short-notice replacement, it looks like their cold war is back on in full.
Speaking with ESPN recently, White addressed what was next for Diaz now that the Poirier fight has fallen through, and the UFC President didn’t sound optimistic, saying that he passed off dealing with the Diaz brothers to someone else in the company who didn’t mind the headache, but now that person is even getting exhausted by the situation.
“He wanted a fight, we made a fight, we announced the fight, immediately he starts saying he’s not fighting,” White said. “We had a guy here in the company that was a big Nate Diaz fan, a big Nick Diaz fan and wanted to work with them. He’s not as enthusiastic as he used to be.”
Diaz has proven to be a tough negotiator with the UFC and a large part of that is his willingness to sit out until he feels he is treated fairly and gets his true value. Diaz has not fought since losing his rematch to Conor McGregor in 2016, and his return against Poirier was seen as a major coup to get one of the company’s biggest stars back into the cage. Instead, Diaz immediately said he would no longer fight on the card when at a press conference where he and Poirier were the stars, the UFC chose to reveal the announcement of McGregor’s return against Khabib Nurmagomedov. But while the mercurial tendencies of Diaz make him a folk hero among MMA fans, at this point, White essentially has written the Stockton product off as someone he should invest time in.
“I’m not interested in making a Nate Diaz fight until Diaz is just dying to fight,” said White. “We’ll offer him fights, we always offer him fights. We probably offered this kid 50 fights since he fought Conor. When he’s ready to fight, he’ll let us know.”
With Conor McGregor’s one-sided loss to Nurmagomedov leaving the Irish superstar in need of a suitable opponent, that could be pretty soon. After all, Conor has said he wants to rematch Nate and would like to do it for the inaugural 165-pound title, and Nate seems more than happy to oblige.
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First of all the champion @khabib_nurmagomedov is too busy enjoying his life and his family and does not give a shit what anyone says but this is my response to this weak soul, him and his sorry ass team already making some stupid ass excuses. 1) When a man gets held against his will and listens to you gasp for air, hopeless on your back how do you win a fight? If this was a street fight you’d be done. You got out grappled and out wrestled, looking like a little child. 2) Second round - the wrestler/grappler out struck you and hit you with a K Bomb and put you on your ass, taken down and hit with missile strikes from the guard and getting smashed in front of your whole family & crew. 3) Khabib stood the whole round with you to make a point that you’re a front runner. If you can knock someone else you give up like you did 5 times in your fighting career. THEN YOU MENTIONED THIS IS ONLY BUSINESS YOU PUT YOUR WHITE FLAG IN THE MIDDLE OF BATTLE 4th round - God put mercy in Khabibs heart and decided to show the world you’re a tap machine and put on a neck crank that wasn’t even a choke. The proper technique is 2 on 1 try to peel the arm and defend the neck crank. You put your two hands on the ground and your hand only came up when you were ready to tap. It’s embarrassing, if you would have beat Khabib. It would have been fair and square you win w no excuses. Now If you can’t make us 100m we know you can’t go fight somebody else because your ass is not getting a rematch. Go open a liquor store and focus on selling alcohol especially after all the shit you talked. Just stfu and move on. @ufc #100mill
Everyone needs to ask the @ufc why @cainmma isn't back. Let's not beat around the bush anymore with this and let's be honest, #UFC #HW division needs him but they bullshitting with this dude. @dc_mma won't be around to keep saving their shows. https://t.co/KPZ5x5EMGo— Josh Thomson (@THEREALPUNK) October 23, 2018
The real reason Eddie is leaving.
If @TeamKhabib leaves ufc because Zabaira gets kicked out and then Artem strikes then there no way I’m staying aswell— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) October 23, 2018
Sad but true.
Water is wet. Fire is hot. Mayhem is, well, Mayhem to his own freedom... https://t.co/UzxFF1C0Xq— The Mane Event™ (@EliasTheodorou) October 24, 2018
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