UFC president Dana White appeared as a guest on this week’s episode of “UFC Tonight” and explained why lightweights Nate Diaz (pictured) and TJ Grant were removed from the list of eligible 155-pounders media members could vote on for the UFC Fighter Rankings.
As suspected, the UFC omitted Grant because he’s been out of action for 11 months while dealing with lingering concussion issues. Grant was rated #3 just last week.
Diaz is coming off November’s highlight reel TKO win over Gray Maynard, who is currently ranked #8 in the division. Diaz was erased because he continues to “decline” fights because he’s hellbent on renegotiating his contract first.
White explained that not responding to fight offers is the same thing as turning down scraps.
Diaz was ranked #6 last Monday.
“Everyone is talking about Nate Diaz being removed and so has TJ Grant, for inactivity,” White said. “Early on we let Dominick Cruz hold the title for as long as we did, but it’s unfair for the guys who are staying active. When you have a guy like TJ Grant and they have an injury, that’s pretty serious so they get dropped, but when they come back, they’ll get added back.
“The same for Diaz – he’s not taking any fights and we’re not sure when he will. When he comes back, he’ll be ranked again.”
That kinda makes since – Grant could be out for who knows how much longer and the UFC is trying to irk Diaz into returning to action.
However, speaking of Dominick Cruz and the whole “it’s unfair for guys who are staying active thing,” Cruz is presently ranked as the #9 bantamweight in the UFC despite being sidelined for over two-and-a-half years with various injuries…