Nate Diaz Asks UFC For His Last Fight So He Can Leave Promotion
Nate Diaz hasn’t been happy with the UFC for a while now.
And he continues to make that clear. On Tuesday, Diaz said on “The MMA Hour” that he is tired of dealing with his contract with the promotion and just wants to go his separate way already.
“I was trying to get the show on the road, and they don’t want me out of the contract, and they’re keeping me in, and they’re holding me hostage, and I want out,” Diaz said.
“That’s my main objective here, and it’s been an objective of mine since, I don’t know, what year it was? But the year I fought Ben Henderson (2012).”
The last time that Diaz fought was in June 2021 at UFC 263 where he lost by unanimous decision to top welterweight contender Leon Edwards.
He explained on the show that he’s been asking for fights with known names like Vicente Luque and Tony Ferguson, but that was never offered.
What became an option was a bout against Khamzat Chimaev.
“… I asked for like four or five people, and there was no going there, and then they finally offered me the Khamzat (Chimaev) fight, and I gave them the little, ‘What the f–k.’
“And then I was like, ‘Why not? Let’s just get it done with and get it over with.’ I asked for the Khamzat fight and then all kinds of excuses started happening. But remember I was like I want December, I want January, I want March, I want all these things.”
But nothing ever materialized and now he’s been out of the octagon for over a year.
The 37-year-old also revealed that the UFC offered him more money to sign a deal, but he said he believes it’s time for him to move on.
Diaz made his promotional debut in June 2007 and fought under the Zuffa-owned WEC.
His stocks especially began to rise when he upset Conor McGregor in the second round of UFC 196 by submission. His other wins include Rory MacDonald and Donald Cerrone.
In his last two fights, Diaz is 0-2, losing to Jorge Masvidal in November 2019 by TKO before losing to Edwards in 2021.
“I’m over the whole UFC roster as of right now. All the guys that they can offer or I’m even asking for, everyone’s been used and abused. It’s a recycled division. Lightweight or welterweight division, I feel like there’s nobody worthy. There’s no worthy opponents at the moment,” Diaz added.
“UFC, can I please have my last fight and be on my way?”