Nate Diaz Feels He’s Been Taken Advantage of for Years, but Ready to Get Back to Work

November 12, 2014
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Nate Diaz has been sitting out for the past year, mostly due to his dissatisfaction over his current UFC contract.

It’s a contract that he was admittedly was unhappy about when he signed it, which was just prior to his shot at Benson Henderson for the UFC lightweight championship.

“I signed it, very unhappily, and I went into the (Henderson) fight and I lost,” said Diaz on a recent edition of Chael Sonnen’s Your Welcome! podcast. “So what am I going to do? I wasn’t going to go cry for more money now that I just lost.”

SEE ALSO: Chael Sonnen Podcast: Nate Diaz Talks UFC Contract Dispute

He then went on to lose to Josh Thomson before rebounding with a Knockout of the Night performance against Gray Maynard. After the knockout, the UFC came calling, asking Diaz to step in to face Khabib Nurmagomedov when teammate Gilbert Melendez opted out of the fight due to contract negotiations.

According to Diaz, contract negotiations were something that UFC president Dana White told him could happen at any point if ever he wasn’t happy. So, seeing that the UFC needed him to step up, and seeing that he had just knocked out a former lightweight title contender, and seeing that he was still unhappy with his contract, Diaz opted to take White up on his prior offer.

SEE ALSO: Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard Full Fight Video

That didn’t go so well.

Nate Diaz and Dana White“They told me I could renegotiate whenever I wasn’t happy, and I wasn’t happy the entire time. So now I felt like it was a good time,” recounted Diaz.

“I said, ‘I’ll fight him, but can I renegotiate?’ Then they blew me up all over the social media and said I turned down the fight. I never turned down any fight ever in my entire life.

“I felt like it was a favor. ‘I’ll fight the guy, (but) can I renegotiate since you told me I could already do that?’” he continued. “They could have simply said, ‘No.’ And then I would have gone and fought the (expletive). But instead, I read it all over the Internet.”

Of course it bothered Diaz. He feels like he’s been taken advantage of for the better part of his career, and this was just the latest instance.

“I feel like I’ve been taken advantage of for a lot of years. I kind of grew up in this, and I didn’t understand or know what was what with money and contracts,” said Diaz. But then he woke up one day and saw the like, saying he came to the realization that he’s been “underappreciated, underpaid, under-all-kinds-of-(expletive).”

But at the end of the day, he decided it was time to move on. So now, Diaz is headed back to the Octagon to fight Rafael dos Anjos on Dec. 13 at UFC on FOX 13 in Phoenix.

“It was a whole mess going on,” Diaz said about the end of his standoff with the UFC. “But everything got cleared, up and I’m ready to get back to work and do my thing.”

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  • TheCerealKiller

    When you’re offered a fight under the contract that you just signed, but won’t fight for the agreed amount of money, that’s called turning down the fight. He done smoked himself stupid!

    • JJDNB

      Lol. I’m pretty sure he was stupid before he ever smoked anything

  • Darin

    If I understand correctly, Diaz signed a new contract just before fighting Henderson for the title, and he was unhappy about that contract? Then why did you sign it, Nate? You were getting a title shot because you’re a good fighter on a streak. THAT is the time to cash in, not sign whatever they throw in front of you. Beating Maynard didn’t make up for the two losses that preceded that fight. You blew your opportunity to get a good contract, now you need to go create another opportunity. The UFC has generously given you the chance to do just that. Dos Anjos just KO’d Henderson and is on a hot streak. A win over him would be huge. I believe Dos Anjos will win however, and Nate will probably continue to bitch.

    • JJDNB

      It would be awesome if dos anjos knock him out and then the UFC cuts him immediately

  • Corey Hutton

    Awww, boo hoo. The Diaz’s are the biggest bitches in the sport. If it were up to Nate he would only fight 120lb women, then he could actually win.

    • Seth

      120? Seriously? 105ers would be too much to handle for him…


    Thought I was gonna come on here and see nothing but love for nate but was I wrong…nates a great fighter but he’ll never be champ..

    • TheCerealKiller

      I wouldn’t call him great. Great wins titles.

    • Seth

      nothing but love? For crying b**ch that doesn’t even want to stick to a contract he signed? Nope, sir, no love for guys like that.

    • deepgrim

      both diaz brothers have alot of people that hate them, but on the point he is been underpaid badly, think he was 15000 to show against gray maynard in a main event, and like him or not he is a big time performer- i think he has set the record for most post fight bonuses as testiment to this but that is not reflected in his pay.

  • TKDGuy

    Not too bright, is he?
    When you sign a contract, whether it’s for cell phone service or to fight for the UFC, you are bound by that contract for the agreed upon terms and length of time. You can’t renegotiate if you’re unhappy at any point, or else what would be the point of contracts?
    He needs to figure out the business side of his chosen profession and/or get a better manager ASAP.

  • dandogood

    Nick Diaz is a fringe contender and an unhappy demon seed not good for the UFC. Amazing why Dana puts up with this disease Nate Diaz and the bad attitude and the insults hurled at Dana and the UFC. Nate Diaz isn’t that good as Josh Thompson showed. Tell Nate to go to hell and get out of the UFC. No fans want Nick or nate Diaz. plus Dana hates both of these diseased infections called the Diaz Bro’s.

  • beefhaus

    He just wants to fulfill contract and go to Bellator. He signed his current contract thinking he would win and then re-negotiate . He belongs in Bellator.

    • jack

      he should go to bellator he would make more money there. i dont believe he will ever win a ufc title where the real payday is

      • beefhaus

        exactly…hes not going to win a title in ufc but in bellator he would be a star and make more money of his name alone.

  • jack

    i am actually completely on Nate Diaz side on this one. he did only make 30k for the maynard fight, 15k show 15k win. even maynard in the end got more and he lost, 45k. mcgregor makes more and has been around less. Diaz makes as much as Poirer, and hes easily a bigger draw. tim kennedy and yoel romero made more. It just makes sense for all hes done to give him a little more. if he is asking for something crazy like 50k show 50k win then i can understand, but hes asking 30k show 30k win i dont see how thats not reasonable. ufc makes a ton and can afford it, esp if dana white is making 10-30k bets at the casino a hand. still not a fan though but dont blame the guy for wanting to get paid. nfl players pull the same stunt, except they usually get paid lol

  • dandogood

    For Nick and Nate Diaz the unhappy complainers there is always Barber College or Toll Booth School for a job.