Diaz: Not Coming Back for Less Than $20 Mil
With the UFC featherweight and lightweight divisions in a jumbled mess in Conor McGregor’s wake, at least one big name seems uninterested in throwing his name in the ring: McGregor’s main rival Nate Diaz. According to Diaz, only a massive amount of money would get him to fight again.
Diaz talked to MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani, who also disproved an inaccurate report that Diaz had been offered an interim lightweight title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
In fact, Diaz seems uninterested in fighting just about anybody, unless the UFC offers him an unprecedented amount of money.
“I’m only fighting at lightweight for a big fight or 20 million just to take the call,” Diaz said. “Until then, I’m just living my life.”
In 2016, Diaz earned the two biggest paychecks of his career with his short-notice fight against Conor McGregor in March and the subsequent rematch in August. At UFC 202, Diaz earned a disclosed payout of $2 million, in addition to a Fight of the Night bonus and other undisclosed potential amounts.
After losing the rematch by a close margin, Diaz said that he was only interested in returning to the cage for the rubber match with McGregor. But even that trilogy fight would only entice Diaz, who beat McGregor in March and believes he deserved the decision in August, for the right price.
“I already beat him, and they aren’t paying enough to fight him again.”