Particularly since his brace of bouts with Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz has become one of the most universally recognisable names in the MMA world. The younger Diaz knows he is a star and has shown no sign of dropping his ambitious financial demands in a recent interview.
Prior to his clashes with the Irishman, Diaz had already possessed a substantial following. Both Nick and Nate were amongst the most popular fighters on the UFC roster.
However, while Nick’s potential was recognised in terms of his disclosed purses, Nate was drastically undervalued by the fighting promotion.
Prior to his UFC 196 shocking of the world, to which he famously was unsurprised by, Nate’s disclosed pay for his victory over Michael Johnson was a shockingly low $40,000.
Nate’s part in the McGregor-Diaz feud earned him a staggering pay increase, which saw his declared fight purse come in at $500,000.
With Diaz at this point (and still) the only man to defeat McGregor inside the octagon, both the Dubliner and the UFC were desperate to land the rematch.
Diaz played it wisely, however, and wasn’t willing to award said fight until his value was acknowledged. Diaz’s guaranteed cheque was a whopping $2 million, which is a mega-cheque for a UFC fighter.
He didn’t have the same luck inside the octagon this time, however, as the judges voted in favour of the Irishman.
Since then the Stockton native has refused to step foot inside the octagon again. Diaz has been making rather ambitious financial requests, which as of yet the UFC have been unwilling to pay.
Speaking to the Outside The Box podcast, Diaz outlined what it would take for him to get back inside the octagon.
“I’ll fight whenever the f—k I wanna fight.
“I’m a fighter myself. I ain’t trying to do what nobody says, I do what I say. And I will fight when I’m approached respectably.
“I already fought more than everybody in the UFC, everyone in the UFC except Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, B.J. Penn, Michael Bisping, he has actually done a lot. I have more fights than anyone on the roster. In the whole roster. (I’ve been fighting) from 21 to 30 years old, and I’ve been slacking a few years, just chilling, fighting once a year. And I have the most ‘of the Night’ awards, the most Submission of the Night awards. I’m holding all the numbers, I’m the one who did all this stuff.
“I don’t need to fight nobody. I’ll fight anybody, but I don’t need to fight anybody, you work for somebody; I work for me. Who’s the fighter now, motherf—er?
“I’m talking about the organization, the fighters,” Diaz added.
“And make it a big deal, because I’m not trying to just sign a contract just because it’s a good idea for you guys.”
The younger Diaz brother is opinionated, as always, and provides quite a bit of entertainment.
The UFC world is much the better with the Diaz brothers in it and most MMA fans would be eager to see Nate return sooner rather than later.
Hopefully a mutual agreement can be reached between the UFC and the Stockton native.
You can listen to the podcast below.