Nate Diaz’s stock has never been higher, and the UFC has booked him for another big pay day, but the outspoken fighter still has some issues with the promotion.
It wasn’t long ago when Diaz was openly criticizing the UFC for what he was getting paid, and due to his issues with the company, he didn’t fight for months. Well, following his headline grabbing, submission win over Conor McGregor last month, it’s obvious Diaz doesn’t care for how UFC brass has been spinning the bout.
Diaz recently spoke to ESPN.com, after it was confirmed he’ll rematch McGregor on July 9th, and he said this:
“Since that last fight, have you heard any praise for me from Dana or the UFC? None at all,” Diaz said. “How much praise has that m—–f—– got? I’ve never lost a fight and not wanted to fight the guy 10 minutes later. The UFC is pumping him up again, saying he wants to redeem himself and giving him all this credit for it. It’s like, dude, I’ve been obsessed with every fight I’ve ever lost. This is a gift for him to get it right away.”
“He’s saying he’s obsessed?” Diaz added, while referring to White’s recent comments that McGregor was “obsessed” about fighting him again. “Welcome to my life, m—–f—–. That’s the game, and I’ve never gotten my losses back.”
And that’s why a lot of folks love the Diazs. They call it like they see it.
Now, have the UFC and White been all quiet? In terms of crediting Diaz for what he did at UFC 196? Probably not. But there’s no doubt they’ve repeatedly praised McGregor for moving up in weight, being open to replacement opponents, etc, etc.
There’s also no question that at this stage, Diaz is far more likely than McGregor to say something about the UFC, which would have their executives cringing. One thing’s for certain, if Diaz defeats McGregor for a second time, he’s going to be making some serious, serious money from here on out.
UFC 200 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.