Dana White’s Patience with the Diaz Brothers Seems to be Wearing Thin

April 18, 2014
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NateDiazNickDiazUFN15_1362-sqNo one can say that the Diaz brothers, Nick and Nate, aren’t talented fighters. Nick has won the Strikeforce and WEC welterweight titles and fought for the UFC’s 170-pound championship. Nate won The Ultimate Fighter 5 lightweight tournament. He’s earned five Fight of the Night awards, five Submission of the Night awards, and one Knockout of the Night bonus.

They have a loyal and rabid fan base, but both have recently stated that they want out of their UFC contracts.

Nick Diaz announced a pseudo-retirement following his UFC 158 loss to Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight title. He’s on a two-fight losing streak, losing to Carlos Condit for the interim welterweight title at UFC 143 prior to the loss to St-Pierre. In a recent interview with The Boxing Channel, the older Diaz said he wished someone would buy out his contract so he could pursue a boxing career.

Nate Diaz snapped a two-fight losing streak in his last outing, defeating Gray Maynard by technical knockout on Nov. 30, 2013. He’s voiced his displeasure with his current UFC deal on Twitter and asked to be released from his contract. Both brothers have called for title shots in order to return.

UFC president Dana White addressed the situation with the Stockton duo following The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale in Quebec City in Canada on Wednesday.

Nick Diaz has a contract. The whole crazy thing with the Diaz brothers, this is one of those situations that is gonna be sad in a few years when you look back on it. You’re gonna see two talented kids that had fans and had interest in fighting and they sat out,” said White.

“What people don’t realize, and when you’re in the moment, your time is now. Guys don’t realize until it’s over. You will never make that kind of money again for the rest of your life. You should fight as much as you can possibly fight, get as popular as you can possibly get to make as much money as you possibly can,” added the UFC president.

Nate was offered a fight with undefeated rising star Khabib Nurmagomedov but turned the fight down.

“Coming off of two losses and then you get a win, the Nate Diaz thing. Nate was in position, he fought for the title, then he fought again to put himself back in title contention and then he got knocked out in that fight, and now wants a new contract and wants a title shot and all this. That is not how this all works,” said White.

Nick was offered a fight against Hector Lombard and initially seemed interested in the match-up but has since cut off communication with the organization.

“You can’t pick up the phone and call these guys. I talked to Nick. I offered him the Lombard fight. Said he was interested in it and then he’s gone, disappears,” White said.

The patience of White and the UFC seems to be wearing thin when it comes to the Diaz brothers, and the window for them to return to the organization seems to be rapidly closing.

“You can sit out, you can talk all you want, you can tweet all you want, you can do whatever you want; the bus is gonna pass you by and you’re gonna be sitting there saying what did I do. Or maybe they won’t,” he said. “Life goes on. Life goes on without anybody. Presidents of countries leave, die, move on, whatever, the world moves on without you.”

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  • Kyle Reusch


    • David Huenecke

      I agree and i like them both. But either fulfill your contract and then ride off in the sunset or dont. Youre not making any money at home complaining. Finish out your contract in an impressive way and maybe dana will give you more money. Or just go fight make some money and then go do the boxing thing you wanna do. Youre gonna find out only the top tiered fighters make boatloads of cash just like in any sport. Does he really think a kicker in football makes anywhere near the same as an allstar quarterback? If he goes to boxing hes going to have to build up his reputation all over again. Good luck.

      • Kyle Reusch

        He is much better than the “kicker” but seriously, this isn’t Stockton. It is a profession, and as willing employees, they need to get their heads out of their asses. Or don’t, I love to see them lose.

  • Mark McDowall

    Surprised he’s lasted this long…That whole camp…Melendez included just need to go away. There’s nothing but issues coming from them all the time.

  • Piotr

    The Diaz brothers…legends in their own mind.

  • Lawdog1521

    Diaz’s crap is just now wearing thin? For most of us that happened 6 or 7 years ago.

  • Rob

    “Nate won The Ultimate Fighter 5 lightweight tournament. He’s earned five Fight of the Night awards, five Submission of the Night awards, and one Knockout of the Night bonus.” And he claims he’s broke??? Either he really does get paid like s–t, or he manages his money like a complete and utter dips–t. Since he is a complete and utter dips–t…I’m going with the latter…

  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    They want a half a million a fight , they’re not worth it. Easy decision to cut em.

    • MuayThaiFood

      That’s what they want. The best thing to do is what the UFC is doing now. Let them sit out till they are hungry enough to fight…siege tactics. Don’t give them what they want.

  • uncle

    Lombard vs Diaz would of been sick, Nick turning that 1
    down was a big mistake They could at least win more
    fights before asking for more pay

  • taylor2008

    Cut them both. Tired of their antics. I usually dont agree with Dana but he is right in this instance.
    Lombard would own Nick in the first 2 or 3 rounds. If Nick weathers the storm he could take the last 2.
    Anyway…cut both of them. They arent worth wasting time on.

    • whats with the wolf tickets?

      if nick even made it to the fight..

  • vinnyjr

    Sick of DW and all his bull s–t. He screws his fighters big time and the onlky two who say anything are the Diaz brothers. DW doesn’t give two s–ts about any of his fighters, he is trying to belittle these guys and whatever they say because he is afraid this pay thing wilol snow ball. That is why he is always throwing them under the bus. The Diaz Brothers are saying what all the fighters are thinking but arfe too afraid of loosing their jobs. Hope all the fighters hold out for 6 or more months and see how quick the UFC changes their tune.

  • Emanon

    This is the problem with the Diaz brothers – they don’t take good counsel. I agree to some extent that they aren’t paid as well as they should BUT BUT BUT — they aren’t winning fights. Nate is 1 -3 and Nick is 1 – 3 in each of their last fights. You MIGHT believe you are good, BUT if that isn’t the reality of it.. also, I don’t see Nick training that hard. He was totally dominated by St. Pierre. He had NO answer for his wrestling. Ok, you think you are a great boxer, but their are other angles to MMA – you know this.

    They are training with the same people, same gym, doing the same things.. they aren’t progressing.. they believe their own hype. They don’t study their opponents, get a gameplan… they just wing it… and you know, that crap doesn’t fly anymore.

    I’d like to see them successful… but Nick is lazy and Nate is getting a Messiah complex… they need to get a grip on reality. In 5 years, it will be gone, like White said, and they will have NOTHING to show for it.. the time is now – they need to seize it while the Iron is hot!

  • Joe

    Don’t cut them, it sets a bad precedence. Sit on the contracts until they fulfill the contracts that they agreed to, or else they can never compete in a fight sport again. There is a reason for having contracts, if you don’t like it don’t sign it, and if you did sign it and feel like you were tricked, then take it up with your agent. I don’t hear either of these boys bitching about their management, just the UFC.

    • Liam O’Keefe

      Exactly right.

  • Pat Garret

    Nick ,is afraid of Hector.

    • Adam Coffland

      He’s ducking Hector, bro’.

    • Fellipe

      Everyone is afraid of hector.

  • julian moran

    Nate Diaz needs to be paid the money he deserves.

    • Liam O’Keefe

      Nate needs better management to get him that money. Nate needs to finish his contract and win, putting his new management in a position to negotiate. Nate needs to learn how real life is, it ain’t Stockton and people ain’t just gonna give him money because he deserves it. Finish the contract, win, get new management and get the money.

    • Scott Gorrie

      He is….he has made $550,000 with all his fight of the night and submission bonuses, This doesn’t include his per fight salary and win bonuses. NOT to mention another $30,000 to $50,000 per fight from all his sponsors. He is an idiot for blowing all his money.

      • julian moran

        A few fights ago he was being paid 12,000 show money… That is crazy.

      • Adam Coffland

        Nate was trying to make it seem like he was only making 60K to fight, and another 60K if he wins. The plot thickens…

  • Aimed With “V”

    White’s patience wearing thin?
    So….what exactly is he going to do about it? Hm….let me suggest…
    It’s not like he’s going to fire them, obviously – that’s exactly what they want to happen right now. And, BTW, that’s what the UFC DOES NOT WANT – trust me, they really don’t want to lose them.

    All he can do is sit and wait, while Diaz brothers do whatever they want to.
    And make no mistake – that’s EXACTLY what Diaz brothers do: no matter how many times they say that they’re broke – as long as they keep rejecting fights, it’s clear that they don’t have any financial problems.

    What happens when they WILL NEED the money? Well…I’ll take a wild guess and say, that they will…accept the fights!
    And what will Dana and the UFC’s reaction be? Easy – they’ll be absolutely glad! Diaz brothers accepting fights will make them happy, because they know that these guys are exciting fighters, gain a huge bunch of interest. The UFC will put them, as usual, to a main event – co-main event in the worst case.

    And in that case, the UFC, White included, will do their best to have the best terms with both Diaz brothers, because they will represent the organization in front of a huge audience. And you will see how the UFC officials are going to lick their behinds and give them whatever they want, title shots included.

  • Nuff already

    actually Dana made the Diaz bros point when he said make as much $$$ as u can when u can well several other fight leagues would pay Nate way more pony up or ship them out!!!!

    • Kyle Rayner

      I agree.

    • MuayThaiFood

      Really? Then Nate is a fool for signing an exclusive contract with the UFC isn’t he? Why would the UFC release them when they are under contract so they can go fight for the competition? That wouldn’t make much business sense. I don’t see other organizations paying more than the UFC anyway.

      • Nuff

        Well when they won’t fight for ufc why not???

        • justin

          I’m not a fan of UFC management, but if you don’t understand why it doesn’t make good business sense to let him go help the competition, then there’s no helping you.

        • MuayThaiFood

          As well as giving the competition a good PPV draw it sets a bad precedent. You think the UFC should have to re-negotiate new contracts for everyone every time someone finds out that someone else negotiated a better deal than them? The fault lies with Nate’s manager but ultimately with Nate himself for choosing him. Gil negotiated his contract when it was up from a position of strength. Having a deal worked out with Bellator and his performance record gave him that strength. Nate wants what he has but doesn’t have a clue about how to go about getting it. He needs an aggressive AND intelligent manager (in other words not a Tito Ortiz), and he needs to set himself up to negotiate from a position of strength, not where he is now.

      • Aimed With “V”

        I DO see Bellator/WSOF offering Diaz brothers bigger sums than they got in UFC.
        The UFC had to offer Melendez a VERY serious deal, including immediate title shot, and before that White wanted to just let him go – apparently, Bellator WERE able to make a very solid offer to him.

        Same with Diaz brothers: even orgs that are smaller than the UFC can offer good contracts to numerous fighters.

  • otto

    I feel like im going against the grain here, but I really enjoy watching these guys fight, primarily Nate, these guys bring it everytime and give you every pennies worth you pay to watch them, antics or not, Love the Diaz bro’s

  • hyperbole

    All mma fighters are grossly underpaid. BUT you negotiate from a point of strength. You can’t make demands after you and your brother have been torched in the last two of three fights. And how can someone come off a loss and demand a fight with Hendricks? Yeah, I think I’ll fight when I want, and oh by the way, I’ll take on the new champ now that GSP is away from the game. Then Nate asks for a new deal before the ink dried on the last one? Who are their managers? I’m guessing it’s one of their Stockton homies that took a paralegal correspondance course once. Look, They fight well. Top 5 guys. Not champions, probably never will be. But they need a dose of reality on the business side. Yeah, they should get our of their contracts and go to the promotion that pays well and the promoter is looking out for their best interests… Uh, that doesn’t exist. Every promoter in the fight game wants to make a penny. You got to strike while your iron’s hot… Not this bs.


    Nick vs Noons #3
    Nate vs Gil on the Mexico Card , Lol

  • DamianCross

    If “this isn’t how it works” then WHY DID YOU GIVE NICK THE SHOT AGAINST GSP?

    • Kris-tyahn

      B/c they were supposed to fight twice before & Diaz was 11-1 before the GSP fight, his only loss was by Condit, who some thought he won (I thought Condit won). It’s not like Diaz was some no name bum, but he got his title fight, and then got owned for 25 mins. It wasn’t even close. Diaz was given a once in a lifetime & blew it, he was out classed by GSP in every aspect of the fight.
      Nate, had his title fight & got embarassed for 25 mins & then got KTFO by Josh Thompson, yet he wants a title fight?!? These guys were given title fights & got spanked. So now they want to jump ahead of fighters who have been winning & who earned their title fight the right way… BY WINNING!
      So b/c the Diaz brothers know they haven’t got a chance in hell to beat the top 5 LW’s or WW’s, they want a title fight given to them, just because… They each had their opportunity & lost, time to fight some top 5 opponents & win, to get a title fight, if not, then don’t let the door hit you in the ass on you’re way out!

      • Aimed With “V”

        They both would’ve welcomed the opportunity to leave the UFC, and they say it out loud….