On Friday afternoon, the UFC held a 25th anniversary press conference in Los Angeles to promote a bevy a newly announced fights, including the return of Nate Diaz after a two-year absence from the cage. Unfortunately for Diaz, the show was stolen when the presser concluded with the UFC announcing the fight everyone has been waiting for, Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor. Diaz did not take kindly to his return being overshadowed, storming out of the press conference when the announcement was made and later Tweeting that he would no longer be fighting Dustin Poirier as planned. And some fighters understand where Diaz is coming from.
Speaking on Sirius XM Fight Nation over the weekend, former women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate says she believes Diaz’s indignation is warranted and suggests that she would have felt exactly the same way as Stockton’s finest.
“I would feel the same way as Nate does,” Tate said. “Nate has a different personality than I do, he’s expressive in a different way, but of course [I would be mad]. I remember when I threatened retirement because I was so pissed off that they had promised that I would fight Ronda and then they ended up switching that out and having Holly [Holm] but they didn’t tell me. It’s the same thing that happened to Nate, essentially, it’s just that Nate was in front of everybody. I was pissed too, believe me.”
This is not the first time Diaz has butted heads with the UFC. Diaz and the UFC have had a tumultuous relationship over the years, and though at the press conference Diaz implied that he was in the middle of a lawsuit which kept him from fighting, the general belief is that Diaz and the UFC were unable to come to terms on a contract for Diaz who reportedly wanted at least $15 million dollars for his next fight. Now, should he opt not to fight, Diaz won’t be making any money from the UFC because his options for recourse are pretty limited. As Tate notes, the only redress Nate has is to not fight and if he’s not ready to retire yet, then the UFC effectively has him over a barrel.
“I was mad but they don’t care,” Tate said. “They know that they have a strong arm in a lot of this and it doesn’t really matter. Or if they do care, it’s not enough. Like, ‘I’m sorry but this is what you have to do for business.’ You can’t really argue with them. They’re the ones who are gonna make the final decision, so what can you do? What can Nate do?
“For me it was a whirlwind of emotions, just trying to decide what I even wanted to do next because I felt like it was so unfair. Then it was just coming to terms with, ‘Well, life’s not fair. What do you want to do about it? Are you ready to retire now or not?’ And the truth was I wasn’t ready to retire at that time. Obviously I still went on to fight Jessica Eye after that and went on to win the title against Holly later, so I wasn’t ready to retire but it was just the frustration.”
Not fighting is something the Diaz brothers have both used pretty effectively to eventually get contracts that they are happy with but as the lightweight division moves on, Diaz’s name value will continue to drop off. Likening Diaz’s situation with her own acrimonious past with the UFC, Tate says that, at the end of the day, Nate needs to recognize that he isn’t Conor McGregor and he’s not in control of the situation, so the best thing he can do is continue to keep building himself.
“Having a talk with Dana White helps but it still stings because he’s not the one to have a filter on,” Tate concluded. “The conversation was like, ‘Yeah, but you’re not Ronda Rousey.’
“It’s part of just recognizing that. I have a different value than Ronda and hers is what it is and mine is what it is so I have to continue to work to build mine even more. What else can I do? Get back to the grind. You just try to leverage yourself as much as you can but there’s a point where you don’t have the leverage. You don’t have the final leverage, the UFC does.”
Results. T.J. Dillashaw retains and Henry Cejudo does the impossible at UFC 227.
He’s back. Conor McGregor to challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
Boring. Dana White: No world tour for Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor fight.
Rematch. Daniel Cormier: If Brock Lesnar can’t fight, I’ll fight Stipe Miocic again.
Ouch. Demetrious Johnson thinks he suffered torn LCL, broken foot in loss to Henry Cejudo.
UFC 227 post-fight show.
Faber with some hard hitting analysis.
The start of all of this. One of the best post-fight promos ever.
The official promo.
A particularly good fan-made promo.
6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC 227.
Severe MMA. Discussing UFC 227 and Khabib vs. Conor.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Seriously, what an inspiration.
I wake up this morning and first thought is wow how crazy was it to watch @MightyMouseUFC handle losing that fight. Every fighter can learn from that. DJ you are a champion in every sense of the word. Great fight, great champion. Ur the man DJ!— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) August 5, 2018
Thanks brotha all you can do is accept it and move on with life— Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouseUFC) August 5, 2018
Demetrious Johnson's broken foot.— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) August 5, 2018
(Via his Instagram story). pic.twitter.com/OnT9diboYb
The 2008 Olympic USA Men's Freestyle Wrestling Team's aggregate record at Beijing games: 7-9 (four of those were Cejudo's)— Coach Mike (@coachmjr) August 5, 2018
The 2008 Olympic USA Men's Freestyle Wrestling Team's aggregate record in professional MMA: 54-5
I’m not fighting on that show fuk the @ufc— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) August 3, 2018
I’m not fighting in Argentina too, F ufc— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) August 3, 2018
U mocking me? How much u get paid ?— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) August 4, 2018
Jokes on u
I wasn’t mocking U, just making a joke. Don’t forget you make your money with my bad luck and also don’t forget what I did to you— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) August 4, 2018
Nah I make money cause I made that shit happen then went and took that shit u couldn’t make it to war only the strong survive step ur game up u got slapped to start acting like it ...— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) August 4, 2018
Are you trying to get locked in the cage with me again?!? I promise I won’t kick...— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) August 5, 2018
Please don’t do the Cejudo fight. TJ has business to attend to.
Who’s next for this bantamweight @ufc @Dana title chance boss? @seanshelby come on...congrats @TJDillashaw— Raphael Assuncao (@RaphaAssuncao) August 5, 2018
Congrats Champ! Now what???? @ufc @ufc_brasil @TJDillashaw let’s go October 6th #thebestneverrest pic.twitter.com/tINqvn1vDX— Marlon Moraes (@MMARLONMORAES) August 5, 2018
One tough SOB.
I wanna fight the dude that fought Cody yesterday— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) August 5, 2018
Wonder what this is about.
USADA Fake— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) August 6, 2018
Big news coming soon— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) August 6, 2018
Al pulling no punches.
Kevin Lee is a dweeeb, doesn’t make weight, doesn’t deserve a title shot.. scared to bump up to his natural weight class of 170... I’ll fight him no earlier than msg he’s a bird and i do what i want. He’s ufc kiss ass sissy bag https://t.co/Uz6cCYm70E— Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) August 5, 2018
Put the man back on the Contender Series.
Ready to fight again— Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) August 5, 2018
Ocho Cinco done lost his mind.
@PhenomLima: After i beat you in FIFA18 we can spar if you’d like, doubtful I’d lose in either of the two ♂️— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) August 6, 2018
Sage with a Cartoon Network star.
Watching UFC 227 with my little blossom pic.twitter.com/UxROXZSJiH— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) August 5, 2018
Jimi Manuwa (17-4) vs. Glover Teixeira (27-7); UFC Sao Paulo, Sep. 22.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0) vs. Conor McGregor (21-3); UFC 229, Oct. 6.
Derek Brunson (18-6) vs. Israel Adesanya (14-0); UFC 230, Nov. 3.
Frankie Edgar (23-6-1) vs. Chan Sung Jung (14-4); UFC Denver, Nov. 10.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2005: The UFC held its first Fight Night event which was main evented by Nate Marquardt winning a unanimous decision over Ivan Salaverry.
2011: Rashad Evans stopped Tito Ortiz at UFC 133.
2016: Yair Rodriguez won a split decision over Alex Caceres at UFC Fight Night 92.
Wow. The end of an era. Personally I had the fight for DJ but it still feels wild to wake up with someone else being the UFC flyweight champion.
Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.
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