Nate Diaz is still feeling neglected by the UFC even after his stunning victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 196.
Yesterday finally brought an end to the speculation of a Diaz vs McGregor rematch at UFC 200 when the UFC confirmed the two most controversial players in the business will lock horns once again in the main event of the landmark occasion.
The blockbuster rematch will certainly please McGregor. The featherweight king will have a chance to redeem himself after a lacklustre performance at 196. His obsession for owning all the numbers in the game will also be satisfied as this bout is expected to shatter UFC 100’s PPV buy rate of 1.6 million purchases.
However, it is a different story for the man who, according to Joe Rogan, ‘shook up the world’. Diaz feels the booking of an immediate rematch is an insult to his ability and he made his feelings known when talking to ESPN.com,
“I swear to God, the UFC thinks it was an accident or something. They think it was an accident and now they’re saying, ‘Let’s get Nate back in there and take him out before he gets any bigger.’
In the time that has passed since Diaz derailed the McGregor hype train, there has been notable admiration and praise for the ‘Notorious’ one. Fighters, fans and media the world over have paid tribute for the way he handled his defeat in a humble manner. This has not sat well with Diaz who feels his magnificent performance has been completely overshadowed by the aura of McGregor.
“I’ve fought everyone in the UFC and they better give me some m_____f_____ compliments if I win this fight.
“Since that last fight have you heard any praise for me from Dana or the UFC? None at all. How much praise has that m_____f_____ got?”
Diaz is convinced the UFC is trying to purposely rebuild McGregor and he feels there is a hint of favouritism involved when it comes to the Irish superstar.
“I’ve never lost a fight and not wanted to fight the guy ten minutes later. The UFC is pumping him up again, saying he wants to redeem himself and giving him all the credit for it.
“It’s like, dude, I’ve been obsessed with every fight I’ve ever lost. This is a gift for him to get it right away.
“He’s saying he’s obsessed? Welcome to my life, m_____f_____. That’s the game, and I’ve never gotten my losses back.”
It’s hard to disagree with the Stockton native’s feelings of contempt but at least the huge payday he has coming his way will ease the resentment right? It doesn’t appear so. The self-proclaimed ‘American Ninja’ responded pessimistically when asked about how much he stands to earn.
“I’m making a lot of money, but not enough.”
Diaz should have absolutely nothing to prove to the fans or the UFC hierarchy about his fighting abilities. He stepped up on less than two weeks notice, with virtually no training camp, and crumbled the biggest superstar the sport has ever seen.
Somehow that is still deemed not good enough to warrant a push like that of McGregor. Will another convincing victory over ‘Mystic Mac’ rightfully elevate him to superstar status? We’ll find out July 9th.
David O’Donovan, Pundit Arena