Dana White Says The UFC Offered Nate Diaz Another Fight But He Turned Them Down
Former UFC lightweight title contender Nate Diaz has been out of action since August 2016 when he faced Conor McGregor in a highly-publicized rematch.
It was the sequel to their first fight five months prior, where the Stockton, California native dealt the brash Irishman his first and only UFC loss via rear-naked choke at UFC 196.
Unfortunately for Diaz, he lost the rematch at UFC 202 via majority decision and has not put forward any intentions of a return ever since.
In February, Diaz spoke to ESPN.com, where mentioned that he wanted a crack at current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
“I’m getting to the point where I’m sick of not fighting; I’m not getting any younger,” the 32-year-old Diaz said. “I put that tweet out saying I wanted to fight in May or June, but I didn’t say who because I was weighing my options. And now, Woodley is my best option.”
The fight never moved past talks, and Diaz is now back to square one, remaining on the sidelines with no opponent as of the moment.
But according to UFC president Dana White, the UFC actually put out a new offer for Diaz, only to be met with rejection.
“I actually think we just offered Nate Diaz another fight,” White told hosts Jim Norton and Matt Serra in a recent episode of UFC Unfiltered. “If we didn’t offer Nate another fight, we’re about to.”
“We basically told this kid ‘Who do you want to fight?’ And he’s just not interested.”
From his end, Diaz has been clamouring for a better deal, especially since he has been a veteran of the UFC since 2007.
After winning the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter, the younger Diaz brother kept himself relevant through the years, facing opponents such as former UFC champions Benson Henderson and Rafael Dos Anjos, fellow “TUF” alum Gray Maynard, and Michael Johnson, among others.
Nowadays, Nate is more about growing his brand and getting what he feels is due him.
“(I’ve been fighting) from 21 to 30 years old, and I’ve been slacking a few years, just chilling, fighting once a year,” Diaz told Stockton hip-hop artist on the “Outside the Box podcast” last December. “And I have the most ‘of the Night’ awards, the most Submission of the Night awards. I’m holding all the numbers, I’m the one who did all this stuff.”
“I ain’t trying to do what nobody says, I do what I say. And I will fight when I’m approached respectably.”
Diaz currently holds a record of 21-10, with 17 victories via stoppage.