Despite having signed a new contract about a year ago – a contract that UFC president Dana White claims his fighter was more than happy about at the time – Nate Diaz has recently been making waves, speaking out about the “funny money” that he’s being paid. He’s even gone so far as saying the UFC needs to renegotiate his contract or grant his release.
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 8, 2014
Diaz unloaded on MMAFighting.com on Tuesday, heavily criticizing the UFC for what he gets paid, particularly relative to other fighters, including his some of his teammates.
“They need to be about more money. My contract is all (expletive) up,” Diaz told MMAFighting. “I want to be paid like these other fighters. I’m over here getting chump change. At this point, they’re paying all my partners and other people I train with are getting real money, and it’s too embarrassing for me to even fight again for the money they’re paying me. So they can either pay me or let me go. I’m with that.”
Diaz previously made his request to be released via what seems to be MMA’s most popular tool of business of late… Twitter.
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209)
February 26, 2014
White at the time shot down the idea of hashing things out via Twitter, and questioned Diaz’s sudden complaints about his contract after having lost back-to-back fights to Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson before scoring a TKO stoppage of Gray Maynard last November.
To Diaz, however, it makes sense, and he pleaded his case on Tuesday.
“I train harder than everybody in the UFC. And then there’s boxers out there getting multimillion dollar contracts, and I’m a bigger draw than boxers. It’s embarrassing. I think I’m the biggest draw in the lightweight division.
“I don’t have anything but bitter (expletive) to say,” he continued. “We’re entertaining entertainers. We get Shaq, Justin Bieber and Lil’ Jon at the show. How are we entertaining billionaires and we can’t even get (expletive)?
“My partners still make (expletive) money for what the company is bringing in. They’re happy because they’re not getting paid what they used to get paid, so they get little chunks to shut up. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t get paid (expletive). I get $60,000 (to show) and $60,000 (to win).”
And as long as he’s complaining and not stepping into the Octagon, White says Diaz will get nothing.
“He comes off a win over Gray Maynard and feels like he should be making Justin Bieber money. Nate needs to get back in there and start fighting, win fights again and earn a title shot again,” White told MMAFighting.com.
“Guess how much money he makes sitting at home? Zero. Get back to work, Nate.”
In Diaz’s world, however, he’s the low man on the totem pole, believing that everyone but him is being shown the money. He seems to feel that a re-negotiation is in order, either that, or being released from the UFC would resolve his issues.
“The crazy thing to me is that in what other professional sport do the cheerleaders make more than the athletes? I’m sure Arianny Celeste, Brittney Palmer, Joe Rogan, Bruce Buffer, probably (reporter Ariel Helwani), everybody makes more money than I do,” he raved.
“If I can get released, I can go fight somewhere and make some money,” he said. “If they can renegotiate, I can make some money, because right now I’m broke.”