Following his fight with Diego Sanchez at the finale of The Ultimate Fighter 2, rumors about the future of Nick Diaz and his status with the UFC ran rampant.
Some backstage and in-cage friction between him and Sanchez led some to believe that Diaz may find himself on the skids with the UFC. Not so says UFC President Dana White.
In a statement to GracieFighter.com, the web site home of the Cesar Gracie fight team, which Diaz is a part of; White commented on the situation:
“I don’t know where these rumors are coming from, but I can tell you that Nick Diaz is one of the most exciting fighters we have and I couldn’t be happier with him. The stuff on the Internet is a bunch of crap and if you don’t here it directly from me, it’s probably a lie. As a matter of fact I was so impressed with the performance of all of the fighters in the TUF Finale that I will be sending them a bonus check. Diaz’s performance and showmanship in and out of the ring is exactly what we like about him and I have never considered firing him from the UFC.”