Now it’s Nick’s turn–Diaz wants $500k OR a title shot; ignored offer to fight Lombard

Posted: April 10, 2014 in Commentary/Opinion
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Nick DiazJust a day after Nate Diaz went on a long tirade about his pay—or lack thereof—by the UFC, his brother Nick spoke up about his own salary demands. Word hit the streets that the elder Diaz was offered a fight against Hector Lombard. Dana White said Diaz didn’t respond to the offer. Diaz confirmed that story but suggested there’s a big reason he stopped responding—MONEY.

The “retired” contender claims the only way he’ll fight is for a major overhaul of his contract, or to fight champion Johny Hendricks. Considering he’s dropped his last two fights, it’s difficult to imagine him getting a title shot. Or is it? As far as the contract re-vamp, what’s he asking for? Only a cool half-million…for one fight. Here’s how Nick described the brief text conversation with White to MMA Fighting.

“I never considered anything other than to renegotiate my contract or fight Johny Hendricks. All I said was, What am I getting paid? And he said, Let me check your contract. And the last text I got from him was what I would be fighting for. I didn’t consider fighting for that kind of money. I didn’t say anything back to him, right, but usually that means something. I’m not considering even for a second fighting any of those guys for less than $500,000. There’s no way.”

So Diaz is standing firm in his demands—even if those demands seem unreasonable. $500,000? Deep down in his brain—beneath all the malted hops and bong resin—he thinks that’s the number. Or a title shot. But the reason he wants a title shot is so he can make a “ton of money.”

“The UFC wants me to fight. The people want me to fight. I don’t want me to fight. So if we’re going to need me to fight, we’re going to have to work out the right deal,” he said.

It will actually be interesting to see if his retirement lasts. There’s no question the UFC wants Diaz to fight because he is a big draw. But it actually feels like Diaz doesn’t want to fight at all. He’s said many times before that the only reason he’s a fighter is because he needs money, not because he loves it. I believe him when he says that. So will the UFC eventually buckle to his demands? Like I said, it seems unlikely, but if the next few PPVs draw shitty numbers, Dana’s crew might actually fold to Diaz’s request. And wouldn’t that be something?

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