Biggie Smalls said, “Mo Money Mo Problems.” If that’s the case, UFC lightweight Nate Diaz (pictured) wants Brink’s to back up their truck and dump a boatload of problems into his meager bank account.
Once again, Diaz is upset with the lack of zeroes on his current contract, and, once again, UFC president Dana White couldn’t care less.
Diaz has been quiet since requesting to be released from the UFC via Twitter in February. He made up for lost time Tuesday by going on an extended rant with MMAFighting.
“I’m ready to fight but not for some funny money that they’re trying to give me,” Diaz stated. “They can let me go or they can let me fight, but let me do something. They know I need to make some money. I feel like they’re just trying to keep me on the waiting list … “They need to be about more money. My contract is all f*cked up. I want to be paid like these other fighters. I’m over here getting chump change. At this point, they’re paying all my partners and other people I train with are getting real money, and it’s too embarrassing for me to even fight again for the money they’re paying me. So they can either pay me or let me go. I’m with that.”
Diaz is just three bouts into an eight-fight contract extension, but claims UFC brass duped him into inking the deal in late 2012 by giving him an immediate lightweight title shot and promising he could renegotiate his contract whenever he wanted.
“When I signed my last contract, they conned me into signing an eight-fight contract to fight [Benson] Henderson,” Diaz said. “I was negotiating my contract three weeks out from the fight. [My manager] Mike [Kogan] came in and got me a little bit of a raise — a little — they act like they hooked me up. They didn’t do sh*t. They gave me a little something to shut me up for a minute. [They] got me to sign the contract, but the way they got me to sign the contract was like, Just trust me, sign the contract, and we can renegotiate anytime. I was like, I’ll just fight a couple of fights and then talk some sh*t because I don’t like this contract. So I’ll renegotiate in a couple of fights because they told me I could do that. Then they called me to take the Khabib [Nurmagomedov] fight when it wasn’t working out for them and Gil [Melendez]. They were trying to lowball Gil, too, and he was supposed to fight Khabib, but he said he couldn’t take the fight for the money they were offering. So they call me the next day and ask me to fight Khabib. I said, I’ll take the fight as long as I can renegotiate my contract. And then it was all downhill from there. Then they tweeted out that I turned down the fight, and I never turned down the fight. They tried to do me dirty.”
Diaz says he currently gets paid $60,000 to show and doubles that amount if he’s victorious. The 28-year-old, who claims he’s “broke” and owes the IRS an undisclosed amount in back taxes, has only won once since signing his new contract.
In response to Diaz’s demands, White pretty much took the too-bad-so-sad approach. Diaz’s boss suggests he gets back in the octagon because he earns nothing sitting the sidelines complaining.
“Nate Diaz came in and signed a new deal and was very happy with his new deal,” White responded. “We gave him a shot at the title and he lost to Benson Henderson. If he would have won, obviously his deal would have changed if he became champion, which he did not. Then he got stopped by [Josh] Thomson. Thomson finished him.
“Now he comes off a win over Gray Maynard and feels like he should be making Justin Bieber money. Nate needs to get back in there and start fighting, win fights again and earn a title shot again.
“Guess how much money he makes sitting at home? Zero. Get back to work, Nate … He has to come back and fight. He thinks he loses to two of the best guys in the world and deserves more money? In what f*cking planet does that make sense?”
It makes sense in the 209, Dana.
Clearly, Diaz caught wind of what the UFC gave his homie Melendez in his new deal and wants something similar. The only problem there is, Melendez was a restricted free agent when he stood up to the man and nearly bolted for Bellator.
Should fighters get paid more? Yes. But it’s easy for me to spend the UFC’s money. Regardless, Uncle Sam doesn’t play so Diaz better get back in the cage and settle that debt before he’s fighting for his life behind a different fence.