When you come to the 209, you best come correct. If you were to ask Nate Diaz (pictured), UFC president Dana White did the exact opposite and that’s why White reportedly stormed out of Friday’s meeting.
According to TMZ.com, White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta flew to Diaz’s hometown of Stockton, California to finalize a rematch with UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor. Things were very friendly at first, but things apparently went left quickly with an angry White abruptly bolting for his SUV.
White and Fertitta met with McGregor Wednesday in Los Angeles to fix their fractured relationship and come to terms on finally securing a sequel with Diaz, who shocked McGregor in March at UFC 196 in a welterweight affair despite accepting the bout on just 11 days’ notice.
White tweeted his infamous smiley face emoji after meeting with McGregor, while McGregor said they had a “good conversation.”
Unfortunately for fight fans anxious to see the sequel, things apparently didn’t go nearly as well with Diaz. Here’s a wild guess, the disagreement was about money.
White confirmed with ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto that today “wasn’t a good day.”
However, shortly after TMZ published their piece, Diaz posted a pic with White and Fertitta on his Instagram where they were all smiles. It is unknown if they posed for the pic before or after White stormed off.
The two were slated to rematch at UFC 200 on July 9, but White pulled McGregor from the historic event after his cash cow refused to hop on the UFC’s private jet to fly from Iceland to Las Vegas to promote the card. McGregor retired and un-retired two days later.
UFC 201 will be headlined by a welterweight shootout between champion Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley, so it is believed the White is angling to have McGregor vs. Diaz II take top billing at UFC 202 on August 20.
After knocking off the UFC’s golden boy, Diaz does have some leverage at the negotiating table as McGregor is adamant that he wants to avenge his submission loss to Diaz before making his first featherweight title defense. There isn’t a shortage of drama in this story, so the pay-per-view will sell very well once all parties eventually put pen to paper.