UFC President Dana White says he enjoys Nate Diaz’s personality and talking with him, but he says problems with the fighter come up when it business is involved.
Diaz is set to return to the Octagon for the first time in three years at UFC 241 when he takes on Anthony Pettis. Diaz has previously stated that he’s only interested in big fights and opponents who appeal to him, but during fight week said it feels like the UFC has been trying to push him to the side.
White, during an appearance on The Jim Rome Show this week, claims it’s Diaz who has been refusing to fight. He says while he likes Diaz as a person, doing business with him can be frustrating.
He added an explanation of UFC contracts that furthers his claim Diaz has been turning down fights offered to him.
I say this all the time, Nate is like this guy, what people love about him is like, he’s saying ‘F you’ to the man all the time. But he never really says ‘F you’ to the man, he never really does. When you meet Nate, Nate’s a great guy, I’ve always had a great relationship with the kid. Business-wise, he’s an absolute nightmare.
“I saw an interview with him that he did with ESPN the other day where he’s saying he’s never turned down a fight,” White said. “Let me just explain something to you and the fans. By contract, I owe every fighter on my roster three fights a year. If I do not get them a fight—three fights in a one-year period—I have to pay them. I’ve never paid Nate Diaz to not fight. It’s never happened. There’s the facts, right?
“So when he says he doesn’t turn down fights, of course you turn down fights. Or I’d be paying you a ton of money every year to not fight.”
Rome also asked White to react to Diaz’s open workout, during which he lit up a CBD joint, smoked it and passed it around the fans. White, however, was left speechless by the action.
“I don’t know what to say,” White said. “I didn’t expect to ever see that in this sport or any sport, but you can always expect the unexpected with the Diaz brothers.”
Original Story: MMAFighting