Not only has Nate Diaz been in the news, he has been pulled from the UFC rankings. Dana White made a special appearance on Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight and explained the situation.
“Everybody is talking about Nate Diaz being removed. So was T.J. Grant. T.J. Grant was removed too for inactivity,” explained White. “Early on, we’d let Dominick (Cruz) hold the title and stay in the rankings as long as we did. It’s unfair to the guys who are active.
TJ Grant (21-5) Has won his last five fights. He beat Shane Roller, Carlo Prater, Evan Dunham, Matt Wiman and in his last fight he beat Gray Maynard via 1st Rd TKO back in May of 2013.
“Nate Diaz is in this position where he’s turning down fights, hasn’t accepted any fights, and has been inactive. We don’t know how long he’s going to be inactive, so take him off the rankings. When he comes in and fights his next fight they’ll rank him again after his fight,” said the UFC president.
“You saw what has happened on Twitter and all these things. He wants to be released. He wants more money. He wants all this stuff,” said White. “He just signed a new contract. He’s under a new contract right now. And we offer him fights. He said he didn’t turn down the fights because nobody responds. Just because you don’t respond doesn’t mean you didn’t turn down the fight. Not responding means you turned it down.
Diaz has a 17-9 MMA record and is 2-2 out of his last four. He beat Jim Miller, he then lost to Benson Henderson and then Josh Thomson back to back. In his last fight he beat Gray Maynard last November.
“I don’t know how long we’re going to play this game. But there’s no sense in hurting the other fighters that are staying active and working their way up in the rankings for a guy who is inactive and we don’t know when he’s going to fight again.”