Dana White Responds to Nate Diaz
On Wednesday Nate Diaz gave his first major interview in quite some time, where he updated fans on his status with the UFC brass and the possibility of him taking a fight in the future. Now, UFC boss Dana White has caught wind of Diaz’s comments and has issued his response.
In the interview with MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani, Diaz said that he declined the UFC’s offer to fight Tony Ferguson this summer when the UFC was not willing to match the amount of money he was looking for. According to Diaz, he is taking the year off unless something special can entice him to step back into the cage.
Talking with Yahoo Sports, White said that there’s one way for Diaz to get the kind of money he’s asking for: become a champion.
“Whatever his deal is, he’s got a pretty good deal,” White said. “I mean, listen, at the end of the day, what is Diaz worth without Conor McGregor? I don’t know. The kid isn’t in a position for pay-per-view or any of that type of [stuff]. But this could put him in a position. If he fought Tony Ferguson, it would be for the interim title.
“Obviously, if you held the interim title, you would get a piece of the pay-per-view. Diaz has to put himself in a position to make the pay-per-view money.”
While the Diaz brothers – Nate and his older brother Nick – continue to give the UFC brass headaches as they have throughout the years, White says that he no longer gets frustrated by their inactivity. As he often says, he cannot make anyone fight.
“It doesn’t frustrate me at all [that they’re inactive] because I’ve learned that you can’t make people fight, man. It’s the same thing when people ask me, ‘What if this guy retires,’ or ‘What if that guy retires?’ This is a business that, your head has to be in this game. You have to want to become a world champion. You have to want to fight. You have to go through everything it takes to get into the cage. It doesn’t frustrate me at all. We’ll keep offering the Diaz brothers fights until one of them says yes or they never fight again.
“It doesn’t change my life one way or another. People really like the Diaz brothers. When they get in there, they’re tough and gritty and they mix it up. They’re fun to watch and their interviews are fun, and funny. They’re popular guys. But at the end of the day, people are excited about guys who want to win world titles and they want to find out who the best fighters in the world are in each weight class. Those are the things that sell and those are the things that people are interested in.”