Tate Backs Diaz Leaving UFC Presser
Following Nate Diaz walking out of a UFC press conference because of the announcement of Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, some fighters are taking the Stockton native’s side in the matter.
“I would feel the same way as Nate does,” fighter turned radio host Miesha Tate said on Sirius-XM Fight Nation.
. “Nate has a different personality than I do, he’s expressive in a different way, but of course [I would be mad]. I remember when I threatened retirement because I was so p****d off that they had promised that I would fight Ronda and then they ended up switching that out and having Holly [Holm] but they didn’t tell me. It’s the same thing that happened to Nate, essentially, it’s just that Nate was in front of everybody. I was p****d too, believe me.”
Diaz and the UFC have been at loggerheads for some tume, as he was looking for at least $15 million for his next fight, which is supposed to be Dustin Poirier at UFC 230, but following his walk out, Diaz tweeted he’d no longer be fighting in November.
“I was mad but they don’t care,” Tate said of her situation. “They know that they have a strong arm in a lot of this and it doesn’t really matter. Or if they do care, it’s not enough. Like, ‘I’m sorry but this is what you have to do for business.’ You can’t really argue with them. They’re the ones who are gonna make the final decision, so what can you do? What can Nate do?
“Having a talk with Dana White helps but it still stings because he’s not the one to have a filter on,” Tate concluded. “The conversation was like, ‘Yeah, but you’re not Ronda Rousey.’
“It’s part of just recognizing that. I have a different value than Ronda and hers is what it is and mine is what it is so I have to continue to work to build mine even more. What else can I do? Get back to the grind. You just try to leverage yourself as much as you can but there’s a point where you don’t have the leverage. You don’t have the final leverage, the UFC does.”
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