Dana White Laments the Diaz Brothers Sitting Out Their Window of Opportunity

May 11, 2014
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Nate and Nick Diaz (The Diaz Brothers)There’s not much new to add to the controversy swirling around the most famous brother tandem in mixed martial arts – the Diaz brothers – but UFC president Dana White weighed in on the due following Saturday night’s fights in Cincinnati.

“There’s nothing new with Nick; Nick is retired. And we keep offering Nate fights, and Nate turns them down,” said White. “Nate, by not responding, thinks he’s not turning them down. But by not responding, he is turning them down.”

It’s really no skin off of White’s nose if either Diaz brother ever sets foot in the Octagon ever again. As the brash UFC president says, “You can’t make grown men fight.”

But while he doesn’t need for the Diaz brothers to ever fight for him again, White certainly feels like the two are missing out on their moment in life to make a mark on the sports world.

“It’s not frustrating for me at all. If the Diaz brothers don’t ever want to fight again, that’s up to them,” he continued. “The thing is that’s sad about it, fighting or any other sport, it isn’t a profession. It’s not a job. It’s an opportunity.

“It’s an opportunity to make money. It’s an opportunity to achieve great things during a short window of time. And if they want to sit out their window of time for the rest of their careers, that’s up to them.”

The phrase “it’s a young person’s game” is often bandied about in sporting circles, and that’s because, in most sports, it is a “young person’s game.” There are those athletes that stand out from the pack, say a fighter like Dan Henderson, who is now 43 years old and still fighting at a high level.

But an athlete like Dan Henderson is the exception, not the rule. The rule is generally, and particularly in combat sports, that an athlete isn’t going to have a highly competitive career by the time he sees his 40th birthday.

And in any endeavor, the world continues to turn. White even went to the extreme of pointing out that if Saturday night was the last time he ever participated in his role as president of the UFC, the company would continue on without him.

“Whether you’re talking about baseball, basketball, football, mixed martial arts, boxing, the world moves on. If tonight is my last night and I walk out off this stage and I’m done, the UFC isn’t going anywhere,” he said. “The UFC is gonna keep rolling without me. And the same with the Diaz brothers.

Nate Diaz just signed a new deal and he won one fight out of his last three fights and wants more money and wants a title shot and wants this and wants that. That’s really not the way it works. We’re just sitting here tonight talking about how Matt Brown has won seven fights in a row. Matt Brown doesn’t have a title shot yet. Nate Diaz is far from seven in a row.”

As exciting as the Diaz brothers are in the cage, and as much as their fans surely want them back, it sounds as if the ball is in their court, and White & Co. are done making the chase to bring them back.

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  • dandogood

    If you put both Diaz Brothers brains in a small bird it would still fly backwards. Nick and Nate are Satans kids let them rot in hell.

    • uncle

      Satan kids damn what did they do ? you act
      like they f**ked your mom and burned the house
      down

      • snapdad

        LOL

    • bwellerr

      lol it’s so hilarious to see jealousy / hatred of the Diaz brothers. I’m guessing you’re upset because you’ve followed all the rules in life, yet they’re more successful than you are? The confusion and not understanding how or why must seriously contribute to that anger.

      • earlsimmons

        LOL successful? Please define successful for me bro. Right now neither have a job, they are both broke, they are at best B level fighters, and Id say more than half of the mma fanbase has lost respect for them because of the weed and now with the crying all the time. Yes Id much rather be in their shoes LUL.

        • Aimed With “V”

          They both have a job. And they CHOOSE not to work, so that means that both of them are not broke, to say the least.
          Wouldn’t you want to be in the shoes of someone, who have a job but doesn’t come to work because he has enough money to spend? I surely would.

          I don’t know how big a percentage of an MMA fanbase that smokes weed, but somehow I’m sure that it’s around 30% at least. And losing respect. BTW, doesn’t necessarily mean that they stop watching them – they still remain some of the biggest names in the business, especially in their weight classes.

  • Aimed With “V”

    Seems like Dana getting more and more desperate about Diaz brothers – he tries pretty much EVERYTHING only to bring them back.

    What would be Dana’s next move? Kidnapping Diaz family members, just to make them return to fighting?

    • Guest

      Just because an article was written, does not make the article representative of the truth.

      • Aimed With “V”

        You mean that it’s all lie and Dana has never said any of that?

        • Guest

          No, I misread your comment.

  • julian moran

    Give Nick Diaz, Brown for a title contender fight.

    • julian moran

      Easy win for Diaz.

      • TheCerealKiller

        You said the same thing about Silva last night.

        • julian moran

          I said Silva should (have been able to) win against Brown easy. I say Diaz would win easy.

      • HooahJuice

        You were the first to reply to your own comment…kind of weird.

      • uncle

        Brown is not a easy win for anybody
        Diaz don’t even deserve to fight him

        • Aimed With “V”

          Definitely not an easy win, but Brown is pretty comfortable opponent for Nick – it’s never a good idea to go against Diaz with the aggression.

          Diaz’ weak point is wrestlers, but Brown’s MMA wrestling is solid, but not on the needed level.

          • uncle

            I can see your point, but I can see
            Brown beating Nick with elbows
            and knees to bust him open, don’t
            get me wrong Nick is very tough
            to finish, but so is Matt and it may
            just comes down who has more
            power and cardio and I’ll give that
            to Brown

          • Aimed With “V”

            Power yes. Cardio? Doubt that.
            Nick showed no signs of fatigue in any of his 5 rounders, while Brown has never been in those.

            Also, Brown is hard to finish with strikes, but absolutely possible to finish with submissions. Guys with good guard (like Nick’s) and good BJJ (Nick’s is more than just good) have caught Brown for submissions before – maybe because of his over-aggressiveness which can lead to recklessness.
            Now, of course, Brown has drastically improved, but Diaz is also an opponent of another caliber, so….

          • uncle

            an opponent of another caliber
            that is what they said about Silva
            and you seen the outcome Diaz
            will not stop Brown with his f*ggot
            punches and his submission defense looked awesome so if
            they fight I’m putting my money
            on the fighter with 7 wins not
            the 1 coming off 2 losses

          • Aimed With “V”

            I don’t know who said that about Silva, and BTW I don’t understand how Silva was a favorite in a Brown fight.
            For me personally, it was quite obvious that Brown is quite a nightmare matchup for Erick in this period of career – especially mentally, as he likes to break his opponents’ will.

            Erick is a nice fighter, but he is definitely not on the level of Nick Diaz right now.
            Maybe he will come to this level. He’s still young and has potential.

          • julian moran

            Cardio to Brown? You crazy.

            Diaz does triathlons.

          • uncle

            after watching Brown defend that
            submission against Silva and still
            had enough energy to hit him with
            power shots yeah I’m giving the
            cardio to brown, this is a fight not
            triathlon training

          • earlsimmons

            LUL are they competing in a triatholon? So your telling me that if Brown is able to wrestle for 6 hours straight then go hit bags for another 3 hours his cardio is worse because he doesnt do triatholons. Your logic makes perfect sense.

          • julian moran

            LUL, Diaz is known for his cardio.

        • julian moran

          If Brown fights as he always does, Diaz beats him easy.

      • uncle

        Diaz is a good boxer but he is no Mayweather, he will get hurt its not like
        he is fighting Daley again, he is fighting
        someone who is far more dangerous
        and you can recall all of the stuff he in did
        strikeforce those were the good old days
        he hasn’t did jack in the UFC ,I tell you
        why he retired because he knows he can’t
        beat talented fighters in the UFC every
        time he lose he cries about retirement
        so 2 tears in the bucket f**k it he can
        stay retired

        • bwellerr

          Please stop with your nonsense. Nick is not retired, he told the UFC he’ll fight anyone if they stop screwing him over. And you can’t say Brown is more dangerous than Daley – how many shots did he hit Eric Silva with? And he couldn’t take him out until he finally opened up a cut. Nick will fight Brown, as long as the UFC doesn’t pay him $200k while they pocket tens of millions.

          • uncle

            Silva is tough so I’m not surprised
            but he did finish him right, when is
            the last time Nick finished some1
            oh I know strikeforce he is coming
            off 2 losses and wants more money now that’s nonsense

          • earlsimmons

            A “C” level fighter should be making more than 200K?!?! Do you even think before you type bro?

    • Mark McDowall

      Nick has lost 2 in a row…and you want to put him in a #1 contender fight?? That makes less sense than Dana even worrying about what those idiots are doing.

      • Aimed With “V”

        Dana will gladly put Nick for the #1 contender fight – remember, he wanted to put him against Lombard.
        He wants Diaz to be the title challenger at least, because he gains more interest than the champ himself.

        That is, BTW, one of the reasons Dana cannot stop talking about Diaz brothers.

      • julian moran

        You may disagree but 1/2 of the people think Diaz beat Condit. GSP beat everyone (other then Hendricks). Thus Diaz could be number 2 right now, right bellow Hendricks.
        If Diaz Smashes Brown (who is in the title talk), does he not deserve a title shot?

        • Mark McDowall

          ok…but in the real world he LOST to Condit. And people can think whatever they want about different fight results but it doesn’t matter because they aren’t judges. From now until forever it will be on record that he lost that fight. So saying he “could” be #2 is irrelevant…I “could” win the lottery…I “could” find a cure for cancer…I “could” marry Kate Upton! He doesn’t deserve to be in a title contender fight because his last win…before 2 losses and a drug suspension was against a now 145lb…arguable past it…fighter. How does that put him anywhere close to being in a contender fight??

      • bwellerr

        It is so annoying when dumb people call the Diaz brothers “idiots”. When talking about Brown’s next opponent, everyone wants him to face Nick Diaz. A fight between the 2 of them would absolutely produce the #1 contender (aka the contender who generates more interest than all other contenders), which is why the fight makes sense.

        • earlsimmons

          Your definition of #1 contender makes absolutely no sense bro.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Khabib deserves a title shot more than you, and you turned down that fight. You just signed a new contract, can we get a kindergarten teacher in here to explain to him what that means?

    • Aimed With “V”

      To send a kindergarten teacher to Dana, maybe?
      Diaz brothers sit at home, spend their money (which seems like they have plenty of) and mind their own business.
      It’s Dana who doesn’t stop talking about them – it’s his second rant about them in the last 3 days…

      • Wolf Ticket

        What’s your source of information? I read couple weeks ago Nate is actually broke.

        His words: “If they can renegotiate, I can make some money, because right now I’m
        broke. For some reason, the IRS is telling me that I owe them more money
        than I have right now, and I pay my taxes every year.”

        • Aimed With “V”

          I read it too, but come on, common sense?
          Had he really been broke, he would have accepted the fight, you know, to have a food on the table?

          Why he said it? All part of the game they play with the UFC, and meanwhile, they seem to lead.

  • diazfan209

    Dana should just ask them who each wants to fight next and if he doesn’t hear anything back from Nick or Nate, then that’s that.

    • Aimed With “V”

      That’s that how?
      That’s that – to cut them?
      Well, that’s what they both want.

      • TheCerealKiller

        Finish your contract and you can go. They have to be held to their contracts or others that are unhappy will do the same. If you don’t like your contract, then don’t sign it and bitch afterwards. Maybe you can get Bjorn to buy out your contract, they need any fighter they can get right now.

        • bwellerr

          They are being held to their contracts! That’s the thing MMA fans don’t seem to understand – the Diaz brothers are only obligated to fight exclusively in the UFC – nothing more! And the UFC is obligated to pay a minimum amount of money. If the Diaz brothers realize they are getting screwed, they have every right to demand that the UFC raise their minimum guaranteed pay.

        • Aimed With “V”

          Well, I think any organization would’ve loved to have Diaz brothers in their roster – including the UFC, BTW.

          And I don’t think they really make example of them – no need to. Most of the UFC fighters, unsatisfied or not, don’t have that much interest outside of the UFC, and sure as hell won’t get more money than in the UFC.
          Nate and Nick will – Viacom can surely pay them more, or One FC guys (they’re going to pay 100K to Askren).
          Recently, for example, Tate says that she wants to get paid more. Let’s assume UFC lets her go. What’s next? Where would she go? Invicta?Pancrase? Will try to arrange boxing match with Holly Holm? The UFC can leave her with 10000, if they want to.

  • Christina

    Can’t fix stupid.

    • bwellerr

      How many people in your life have said that?

      • Christina

        When they read your comments, all of them.

  • bob_dawg

    its probably more to do with the lack of money which DW wont mention ….offering the standard fee to show and fight and a little bit more to win ….which we all know is minimum wage by pro athlete standards …

  • Fightfankevin

    The funny thing is people get down on Chael for staying relevant because of his talk, but when Nick does it he’s the man. Truth is, Nick’s first run in the UFC produced a decent (but certainly not awesome) 6-4 record. His latest he is 1-2 with all 3 fights going to decision. Nate is a little better at 12-7 in the UFC but neither could win their title fight, which if they had, would most certainly have placed both in a higher earning situation. The difference between them and Chael? Like Matt Hughes and Chuck Liddell, Chael will do what it takes, fight anyone, anywhere. The Diaz boys would rather puff, puff, pass.

    • Lawdog1521

      People don’t bag on Nick for running his mouth. They trash talk him for constantly starting fist fights, never showing up for anything, failing drug test after drug test, and generalized buffoonery.

      And with Chael it’s just a show. With Nick, not only does he mean what he says to you, he’ll probably try to steal your wallet afterwards.

  • dandogood

    Nick and Nate will end up broke and in jail. Too dumb to function in society. Why are these morons even discussed to many good kids in the UFC who are class acts and the Diaz brothers are turds with teeth.

    • diazfan209

      They teach BJJ.

  • dandogood

    Just cut the Diaz Bro’s and let them flounder. It’s not like these two morons with the IQ of a cactus have career options.Look at them both not hard to see.

    • Aimed With “V”

      In that case, they will go to Bellator, they will get big money there (more than the UFC paid them).
      They will become faces of Bellator, Just like Rampage is now, only unlike Rampage, they’re still on elite level, they’re much more well-rounded and interesting to watch MMA fighters.

      Media will be all over them, they will get great money and live happily ever after :)

      • Lawdog1521

        That didn’t happen in any of the other organizations Nick was in. Why? Because Nick f–ked things up there too.

        The guy’s a born loser, can’t change that.

      • Lawdog1521

        That didn’t happen in any of the other organizations Nick was in. Why? Because Nick ****ed things up there too.

        The guy’s a born loser, can’t change that

        • Aimed With “V”

          Why didn’t? Nick was a big star in Strikeforce, they paid him nearly 200K and promoted him, I’d say, more than anyone in the company.

          Same happened in EliteXC – even though Nick lost to Noons, they wanted their rematch more than any other fight they scheduled. They even cut Noons and vacated his title after he refused to fight Diaz again.
          Of course, Nick wasn’t as big as Kimbo or Carano, but still they cared to promote him.

          UFC also promotes him. Actually Dana promotes him right now and encourages him to fight, and he wants him to fight. He already gave him a title shot after one loss, so that’s not going to happen again – but nevertheless, he wants him to fight badly, thus the media attention.

          • Lawdog1521

            He also got one of those organizations kicked off CBS with his ghetto antics. he got the greatest fight of his career wiped away because of his love of weed, and his salary helped SF go bankrupt.

            He brings in way more headache than he’s worth and he’s not, nor has ever been, title material.

            Again, it’s not that Nick isn’t talented. It’s that some people are born losers. Meaning they’ll find ways to **** up their own success. Nick is one of those guys.

          • Aimed With “V”

            All these things that you’ve mentioned haven’t done anything with his success.
            The brawl made him more famous, and he was one of many guys involved in this (I think the ones who started the brawl were actually Mayhem Miller and NATE Diaz).

            Strikeforce, BTW, didn’t go bancrupt, and Nick wasn’t the highest paid athlete there, so blaming him for their finances is a assumption that come out of thin air.
            Plus, Strikeforce existed long after Diaz was transferred to the UFC, so their failure to keep their existence and their slot on Showtime was their own fault…

            About the fight that got “wiped because of weed”, I assume you talk about the Gomi fight…well, the official result has been overturned, but everybody knows who got an upper hand there, and nothing is erased from the MMA history.

            I think Nick Diaz had (and still has) one of the most successful careers in MMA. Successful to the point, that he doesn’t even have to fight for a living right now.

  • dandogood

    Didn’t Josh Thompson KO Nate Diaz? Didn’t Condit and GSP beat Nick Diaz. The UFC does not need these two dope smoking anti social vagrant broke Diaz Bro’s. Go with the good kids who deserve the attention.

    • Aimed With “V”

      It’s already your third or fourth comment to the article itself.
      Why can’t you just sit with yourself, think and write just one comment to the article itself next time?

      Your trolling is pretty desperate, I’d say.
      Hail Satan, Lord Of Flies!

      • dandogood

        Hey thanks for reading

  • dandogood

    Why would Bellator want the Satan err Diaz brothers and their complaining and boorish behavior and drug backgrounds and the Sons of Satan antics??? Diaz brothers are scumbags cut them loose and jail here they come.

  • Bob Sacamanto

    I love how people spew hate for people they don’t even know. They call guys like Diaz, Jones, Silva, etc. names and act like they’re trash because they don’t act like you say they should. But you don’t see them talking trash about how all you do is talk s–t online. Next time feel free to post your career and fight record along with your comment.

  • JDMMA

    Apparently Diaz brothers got enough money to NOT work and smoke weed all day!!!

    • dandogood

      People in Stockton say the Diaz brothers are broke and troubled.

  • dandogood

    It’s not like the Diaz Bro’s are winning fights.

  • devilishlygq

    It’s unfortunate that the brothers with such talent are too blind to see that them pulling a “strike” unless their either title shot or more money demands are met, are just hurting them in the long run. Some other fighter will just take that opportunity instead. Dana has talent all lined up wanting to just fight in the octagon. UFC losing the Diaz brothers is like me missing out on a toonie Tuesday KFC deal. I’ll just go grab it next week..no biggie! I could just picture it…
    Dana calls Nate: “Hey Bro…I got a fight lined up for you…wanna take it?”
    Nate: “Is it a title fight?”
    Dana:”ummmm……NO..”
    Nate: “DANA….NO TITLE SHOT..NO FIGHT!”
    Dana: “pffffff…..ok.” *click**hangs up the phone*

    • Aimed With “V”

      Do you brag every day about missing a loonie Tuesday KFC deal?
      Do you tell each and every person you see that it’s their fault and they in fact should miss you and ask for you to come to them?

      Because that’s what Dana does, and it does sound a little obsessive. Seems like the comparison here is not good enough, because this situation is quite an opposite.

  • dandogood

    average Josh Thompson beat the hell and KO’d Nate Diaz. Condit smaked Nick Diaz and beat him. GSP sealed the deal by beating Nick. Who cares what the Satan Bro’s do let them go they are losers in the UFC and in life bigger losers. Social misfits two dead end kids who will end up voilently alone and broke.

  • dandogood

    Has any Diaz brother ever been seen with a woman?? makes one wonder?? MMMM?