UFC 196 victor Nate Diaz still had some grievances to air about the UFC during an interview ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
The many fans of the cult hero viewed his victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 196 as a triumph for the underdog.
UFC President Dana White revealed that Nate Diaz made ‘millions’ from one of the most lucrative fights in the promotions history after a career of being low-balled and undervalued, alongside Nate receiving his overdue, well-deserved respect and moment in the spotlight.
The man himself though still feels aggrieved at the situation, especially in the wake of the dramatic events at UFC 196 last week.
“I feel like, honest, I feel like the UFC wants to weed me the f*** out of this position,” Diaz told ESPN.com.
“I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that. Sorry. I feel like a lot of people are coming at me now. I see them making a lot of excuses for him, and I think it’s kind of ridiculous.”
In Nate’s eyes, not only are the UFC culpable for offering excuses for arguably the sport’s biggest draw, ‘everyone’ has fostered a narrative aimed at returning McGregor to his perceived top position at the helm of MMA.
“I don’t think it’s just the UFC. It’s everybody. People are saying, ‘Oh, [McGregor] is great, he’s accepted the loss so well”, he ranted.
“If I would have lost, people would be saying, ‘piece of s*** shouldn’t have accepted the fight.’ I don’t mean to be bitter, but there are a lot of excuses being made for this guy. He’s talking about winning the first round. There are five rounds in a fight. Who gives a s*** if you won a round? You lost.”
As for Dana White’s assertion that Diaz made millions, the lightweight contender feels that the company are ‘over-exaggerating’ the windfall.
“I made a good amount of money,” Diaz said.
“But I think they’re over-exaggerating how much — I don’t feel like anybody did me any favours, I’ll tell you that much — but I made a good chunk of change and I’m grateful. I’ve been demanding that.”
McGregor was handed his first UFC loss after a 15-fight win streak, and has declared his interest in a rematch. While Diaz hasn’t ruled out the possibility, he wants to swerve a welterweight title charge against Robbie Lawler and instead target Rafael Dos Anjos a division below at a more natural weight.
“I’m thinking probably the lightweight title fight, whatever is biggest. I’m not asking for anything. I’m demanding more than everybody. I want more than everybody, straight up. Money talks. I want the biggest fight. Whoever I’ve got to fight — the biggest show, biggest payday — that’s what I want.”