Brothers Nick (pictured) and Nate Diaz have made it crystal clear that they will not fight for the UFC again until they receive significant raises. UFC president Dana White states the UFC train waits for no man, especially two boys from Stockton who are notoriously late in getting to the station (if they even bother showing up at all).
“The whole crazy thing with the Diaz brothers, this is one of those situations that is gonna be a sad story in a few years when you look back on it,” White said Wednesday. “You’re going to say, ‘They were two talented kids that had fans and had interest in fighting and they sat out.’
“What people don’t realize when you’re in the moment and your time is now, guys don’t realize until it’s over. You will never make that kind of money again for the rest of your life. You should fight as much as you can possibly fight, get as popular as you can possibly get and make as much money as you possibly can.”
Nick retired from MMA for the second time after losing to then-welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158. The March 2013 defeat marked the 30-year-old’s second straight L.
Nick recently said he’d be more than happy to return to the cage, but for no less than $500,0000.
“Life goes on without anybody,” White said. “Presidents of countries leave, die, move on, whatever. The world moves on without you, man. This is your time to make money. This is your time to do all these things. If you just let it pass you by, that’s your decision. You’re grown men.
“I hear all the things, ‘We don’t know how to pay our taxes, we don’t know how to buy houses …’ Well, you’re grown men. You better figure it out quick because the bus is going to pass you by.”
Nate, 29, is just three bouts into a new eight-fight contract extension and recently went on an extended rant about the disgust he has for his current deal.
White says someone who is victorious in just one of his last three fights, and happily re-upped less than two years ago, is in no position to demand more money.
“Coming off two losses, then get a win – the Nate Diaz thing – Nate was in a position [where] he fought for the title. Then he fought again to put himself back in title contention and got knocked out in that fight and now wants a new contract and a title shot and all that. It’s just not how this stuff works.
“You can sit out, you can talk all you want, you can tweet all you want, you can do whatever you want. The bus is going to pass you by and you’re gonna be sitting there going, ‘What did I do?’ Or maybe they won’t. They’re the kind of kids that, listen, I get it, you came from the mean streets and you guys are street guys and all that cool s***. I get it, but you gotta play the game a little bit and you gotta do what you’re supposed to do.”