Diaz: UFC Offered Tony Ferguson Fight
While Nate Diaz has not fought since his rematch with Conor McGregor last August, he has been dominating headlines all the same.
The younger of the two infamous Stockton fighting brothers recently did an hour-plus interview with Ariel Helwani, where he gave an update about his fighting career.
The topic everyone wanted to know about was the rumored fight between Diaz and top lightweight contender Tony Ferguson. According to Diaz, the UFC did indeed offer him the fight for UFC 213 in July. But Diaz says he is done fighting just anybody, and he refuses to be a player in the UFC’s plans to clear up the division in McGregor’s absence.
“They’re trying to pressure me to fight Tony Ferguson, but what the f*ck, I’m going to cover for Conor McGregor and do his work while he’s out making f*cking millions of dollars fighting boxers and sh*t?” Diaz said.
“I’m not covering for you, bro. You guys fight each other. I heard Tony’s manager talking, saying that I need to get a fire up under Conor McGregor’s ass if I want to fight him for the third time. Like, I gotta do what? You guys should fight each other, motherf*cker. You guys have the same manager. You guys are working together against me. You guys need me to do the work for you? F*ck off.”
Both McGregor and Ferguson are managed by Audie Attar, a fact that does not sit well with Diaz. He believes that everyone — Ferguson and McGregor, or at least their management, and the UFC — are planning things in the way that most benefits them. And he refuses to be a part of it.
“I ain’t asking for no money fights, because you know what? I am the money fight,” Diaz said.
“That’s why they want me to fight Ferguson. Conor, Ferguson, and his manager’s plans are like, ‘okay, no one knows Ferguson. Nobody. And he’s tough. So what we’ll do is, we’ll have him fight Nate, and then if he wins, everyone will know him because he fought Nate. Then [Conor] could fight someone who everyone knows. But if you fight Conor right now, then Conor gets his ass whooped by somebody no one knows.’ So, that’s where I’m at. I’m like, dude, yeah right. Fight each other, motherf*cker. You get a chance at your boy here. Your manager needs to get paid, so you guys better do something. I don’t got to pay nobody.”
Diaz continued to say that he would fight for the right purse, but he needs an opponent that peaks his interest. Ferguson, who has been calling him out over the past month, hasn’t lived up to the task. Diaz believes Ferguson’s trash talk has been contrived, a clear marketing ploy to try to entice Diaz to fight him.
“Someone told him to do that,” Diaz said. “He’s got respect. Tony’s not bad. He’s got respect and I respect that. He didn’t come off ever talking sh*t. He’s doing what he’s got to do because they’re telling him (to talk sh*t), but I’m like, bro, we don’t need to be fighting. You’re over here f*cking having people get you a fight? You’re just trying to move forward and say what you think you need to say. But you don’t need to say that. Do what the f*ck, go fight Conor’s ass. But you guys work together so that’s not going to work. You guys are all in cahoots.”