Nate Diaz Appears Ready for UFC Return; Nick Diaz… Not So Much

April 29, 2014
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Nate and Nick DiazBoth fighting Diaz brothers, Nick and Nate, have recently complained about their financial situation as it relates to their UFC contracts, going so far as to say they’d prefer to be released from their current deals to fight elsewhere than fight for the mere peanuts they now make.

After Nate Diaz tweeted a few weeks ago about wanting to be released from his UFC contract, and then opened up to MMAFighting.com about how unhappy he is with the “funny money” he’s being paid, Nick unloaded as well.

“I never considered anything other than to renegotiate my contract or fight Johny Hendricks,” Nick told MMAFighting about what his intentions were when discussing UFC president Dana White’s recent offer of a fight with Hector Lombard. “All I said was, ‘What am I getting paid?’ And he said, ‘Let me check your contract.’ And the last text I got from him was what I would be fighting for.

“I didn’t consider fighting for that kind of money. I didn’t say anything back to him, right, but usually that means something. I’m not considering even for a second fighting any of those guys for less than $500,000. There’s no way.”

Nick Diaz seems to be standing pat on his decision not to fight for anything less than half a million dollars, but Nate appears to have acquiesced.

“I think Joe Silva (talked to Nate), and Nate said he’s ready to fight,” said White following Saturday night’s UFC 172 in Baltimore. “I told Joe to call him.”

White didn’t yet have any information on who or when Nate would fight, but had a strong opinion about his brother, whom he believes isn’t coming out of his pseudo-retirement anytime soon.

“No Nick. Nick’s got a lot of money, man,” said White. “I think Nick’s just gonna kick back until he has to fight.”

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  • Aimed With “V””

    Diaz’ manager already replied on that, claiming that he has never heard about this conversation between Nate and Joe Silva.

    He also said that Nate is always ready to fight – probably, the meaning is “for the right money”.

  • himler adams

    Screw the Satan inspired Diazz bros

  • Maddawgmar

    Make him fight Nurmagomedov as punishment for being a dumbass.

    • AXE MURDERER

      Agreed !! there is no one else anyway, i dont think he wants a rematch with Thompson. And he probably will not fight guys like Green, Johnson, Jury, or Masvidal. Maybe TJ if his concussion problem is cured ?

      • Alex

        Thomson-Grant looks like a good matchup.
        Green should fight Johnson IMO, and Masvidal-Cerrone looks like a perfect style clash.

        Jury is already scheduled to fight Abel Trujillo.

        • AXE MURDERER

          i like those as well but cerrone vs jim miller gotta happen

          • Aimed With “V”

            Another nice matchup as well. And what would Jorge do?

          • AXE MURDERER

            Good question maybe Dos Anjos Gomi or Maynard???

          • Aimed With “V”

            Gomi will probably fight in Japan this September – and Masvidal would be too risky of a fight for him.
            Last thing UFC wants is Gomi losing in Japan.

            Maybe they would give Gomi someone like Ramsey Nijem….

          • AXE MURDERER

            ya i heard they want Gomi for Japan. Masvidal vs Thompson??

    • Aimed With “V”

      How is it a punishment?
      I think it’s a win-win for Nate.

      If he loses, he probably loses in dominant decision against an MMA wrestler. After the fight he can just tell UFC :”What did you expect? Give me a striker or release me”.
      If he wins, he’s one spit away from a title shot (in case Pettis beats Melendez)

      • Maddawgmar

        It’s a punishment because Nate will get the crap beat out of him. Give him the guy no one wants to fight because they will get destroyed.

        • Aimed With “V”

          He will probably lose, that’s right. Destroyed? I doubt that.

          Nate wasn’t “destroyed” by Kim, or McDonald, or even Benson.
          Khabib has won over opponents like Tibau, Trujillo, Healy, dos Anjos – but none of them has been “destroyed”, that’s for sure.

          Nate, just as his brother Nick, doesn’t have a problem with absorbing damage, and a loss can actually bring him closer to cutting ties with the UFC – and that’s exactly what he wants.

    • TheCerealKiller

      He won’t take the fight for any price, he’s scurred. He still remembers what McDonald did to him.

      • Aimed With “V”

        McDonald tossed them couple of times, but he didn’t damage Diaz at all, so what should he be scared for?
        Worst thing that will happen – he will lose. And then his chances to get out of the UFC will actually grow.

        BTW these suplexes by Rory happened only in the 3rd round, first 2 were pretty even and uneventful. Not much to talk about.

        • TheCerealKiller

          Because Khabib is better than MacDonald.

          • Aimed With “V”

            You might be right, although it’s still a bit early to tell IMO.

            However, I doubt that he’s able to damage Nate too badly – Khabib’s game against Nate would probably be smothering, controlling and 120 takedowns.

  • Lawdog1521

    $500,000 is six months of weed money to Nick.

  • put me in the sauna coach

    Yes the Diaz brothers are mentally unstable. That being said its part of what makes them entertaining fighters. I love the craziness …just wish they could harness it better ..and use it specifically in the cage…like holding up double middle fingers while putting a guy in a triangle or pimp slapping Conduit while saying “fight me b*tch”. That stuff is hilarious.

    • Dave Roberts

      Nick might have some issues but their biggest problem is the giant chip on the shoulder stockton tough guy attitude they have. It limits their greatness more than their weak counter wrestling and their refusal to throw kicks. What do all great champions have. The ability to be introspective and admit their failures. The Diaz brothers on the other hand always have a half dozen people to blame for their failures.

  • bvol

    Could care less. Don’t want to see them win don’t cheer for them to lose. Don’t want to see them. Both are completely irrelevant. Ufc save your money for talented fighters

    • Aimed With “V”

      So you suggest that UFC should fire Donald Cerrone, Jim Miller, Takanori Gomi, BJ Penn, Gleison Tibau, Gray Maynard?

      All those guys lost to this irrelevant and talent-less fighters, so i guess they should go with them…

      • Drock420

        And Robbie Lawler, Nick Diaz is the only fighter to KO Lawler. Diaz haters can suck it!

        • earlsimmons

          LOL you a highschool harry or something living in the past? If only the coach put you you could have been state champions.

  • Mark McDowall

    They should give Nate a BS opponent on the fight pass card…and if he doesn’t absolutely dominate then cut his dumb ass.

    It’s funny how every time the Diaz’s kick off about whatever nonsense is on their mind at the time…they talk all kinds of crap…then a few weeks later they come back with their tail between their legs. They are never going to be champions in the UFC so what purpose do they serve?

    • Aimed With “V”

      UFC clearly don’t want Diaz brothers on Fight Pass – they put them either on main event or co-main all the time.
      Nate headlined a lot of events – that’s how the UFC see him: their headliner. And that’s why they don’t let him go.

      BTW your scenario would really appeal to Nate, because that is exactly what he wants – out.

      • Mark McDowall

        If he wants out why is he calling Joe Silva asking for a fight??

        • Aimed With “V”

          Actually he didn’t do it – Nate’s rep already said that he never heard of that call and doesn’t know what Dana was talking about.

          However, if/when he calls, he will probably do it because he needs money and obliged by the contract to fight in the UFC only…

      • Dave Roberts

        He won’t get out. Dana isn’t handing bellator anything to build their only division worth watching. Dana will glady see Nate diaz never fight again. Nate Diaz is popular but he isn’t nor will ever be the star his brother is. The diaz brothers desperately need a new camp. For what ever reason the scrap pack thinks kicking is for pussies and it has cost them fight after fight after fight.

        • Aimed With “V”

          Actually the UFC treat Nate like he’s a star: there is a reason Nate is the constant headliner of the events.

          BTW you’re right about kicking, and actually the best kicker in their team seems to be…Jake Shields: he used kicks against Akiyama and used them to keep Woodley on the right distance all the time (something that Rory might tke into consideration while building gameplan)

    • AXE MURDERER

      Ha ha, give him Pat Healy

    • Stockton 209

      They serve the purpose of entertaining the crap out of me, both in and out of the cage!

      • deepgrim

        lets be honest they have quite a list of fans willing to pay to see them fight

        • Aimed With “V”

          …I’d say, more than any other fighter in WW or LW division (well, I mean now, when GSP is retired).

          • deepgrim

            i think so, the ufc is alot about delivering performance for the fans and the diaz brothers just collect the post fight bonuses on a regular basis. To be honest i think even some of the diaz haters pay to see them hoping they get beat.

        • earlsimmons

          Ya well they have people who wont pay to see them fight also soooo

          • Aimed With “V”

            Soooo…what? That doesn’t make any sense, as the marketability of a fighter depends on those who pay to see him, not those who don’t.

            Unless, of course, you claim that there are people who refuse to pay for the UFC event BECAUSE Nate Diaz fights there – and I find it really hard to believe this.

  • uncle

    Nate diaz vs Michael Johnson

  • Matt Mclaughlin

    Nate vs Nurmagomedov is the fight that Nate should ask for.

    • Dave Roberts

      No chance. Khabib will ragdoll him like Rory Macdonald did. Nates problem is he will lose against any top guy at 155.

      • Aimed With “V”

        Any? Hmmmm….I’d give him a very fair chance against TJ Grant.
        TJ is pretty well rounded, and has an obvious KO power, but is a bit slow, and his wrestling is not on the level to neutralize Nate. Grant also uses his size advantage, but against Nate he won’t have it – recently Nate got pretty much muscles on his long frame.

  • himler adams

    How about Nate and Josh Thompson again? Maybe Josh can KO satan Diaz again and end this crap. Diaz brothers are trash.

  • himler adams

    IF Satan had sons Nick and Nate would be them

  • dandogood

    Nate and Nick and Jake all should go to Bellator