Nate Diaz has argued before that the UFC wants him to lose his rematch with Conor McGregor, and as the August 20th bout nears, the outspoken fighter is standing by that view…
If you’ve followed the career of Diaz, then you know that he’s been at odds with the promotion before. In fact, it wasn’t long ago when Diaz chose to remain on the sidelines, because he was unhappy with his UFC contract.
Well, fast forward to 2016, and Diaz is one of the biggest names in the UFC. Since he took out McGregor at UFC 196 in March, the Stockton fighter’s profile has risen considerably. But, despite all the mainstream press and coverage he’s been receiving, Diaz still believes the UFC brass will be rooting against him, come August 20th.
Diaz recently spoke with the UFC’s Megan Olivi, and here is some of what he had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“So when it first got booked I was like, ‘They want to get me right back in there and try to win this back and weed me out again.’ That’s how it felt. I’m was like, ‘Can I just sit back for eight months and soak up some popularity and some exposure and just go on vacation and do what I gotta do?’ And they were like, ‘We want this’ and I’m like, ‘Why so quick? Whatever.’ Then the deals got done and I was like, ‘Wow. That payday and this payday in that short amount of time, can’t pass that up so let’s do it. But I feel like these guys want to weed me right back out, hoping that I lose. Alright, they’d better hope I lose because if I win this one, I’m really taking over.”
It’s not surprising to see that Diaz feels this way, as he’s certainly not the only one to argue that the UFC is giving McGregor preferential treatment. After all, how often do you see a rematch get booked, when the first encounter was not a title fight, and it ended in the second round?
But, there’s no question that McGregor has helped the UFC and then some, in terms of generating revenue. He’s also agreed to last minute opponent changes on a couple of occasions now.
If Diaz defeats McGregor again, then things are really going to get crazy for the outspoken fighter.