One – the number of wins Nate Diaz (pictured) has posted in his last three UFC outings. One confused Dana White wants to know how on earth Diaz believes he deserves a new, more lucrative contract based off his recent performances.
White recently accused Diaz of turning down a fight against unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov, while Diaz’s manager, Mike Kogan, said they weren’t interested because they would prefer to wait for a title bout instead.
Diaz then claimed White was “full of s***” because he has never declined a scrap once in his life.
From the outside looking in, it appeared as though no fighter and manager have ever been further apart in their strategy. White, who is supposedly on the inside, agrees there’s mass confusion in Stockton.
“If you look at what was said, they don’t seem to be on the same page – his manager and him don’t seem to be on the same page,” White stated Wednesday. “Listen, I like Nate Diaz. Nate and I go all the way back to ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ I’ve never had any problems with Nate, but first of all, Nate’s won one fight out of his last three fights. Him to be talking about a contract renegotiation when you’ve won one fight?
“Granted, he looked good against [Gray] Maynard, now you’re back on track. And to ask for a title fight? Like, ‘I should be fighting for the title.’ Dude, you just won one fight.”
Diaz collected a much-needed win by TKO’ing Maynard to snap his two-fight skid. Prior to November’s victory, he was finished by Josh Thomson and dominated by then-champion Benson Henderson.
Meanwhile, White says they are still scouring their roster for someone to face Nurmagomedov, who White reiterated “nobody” wants to see.