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  • 05-11-2014, 10:03 PM
    UFC's White not dwelling on Nick and Nate Diaz: 'The world moves on, man'
    “The thing that’s sad about it: I like them,” he told MMAjunkie. “And I used to have a really good relationship with Nate, but fighting or any other sport, it isn’t a profession. It isn’t a job. It’s an opportunity. It’s an opportunity to make money. It’s an opportunity to achieve great things in a short window of time.

    “And if they want to sit out their window of time, for the rest of their career, that’s up to them.”

    The younger Diaz, who halted a two-fight skid in November with a TKO victory over Gray Maynard, has made public his demands for more pay and another shot at the title. White isn’t exactly lending a sympathetic ear.

    “That’s not really the way it works,” he said. ” … We keep offering Nate fights, and he turns them down. Nate, by not responding, thinks he’s not turning them down. But by not responding, he is turning them down. That’s not really how it works, you know?”

    As a promoter, White surely knows that the Diaz brothers are still big draws. They intrigue fans, they know how to promote fights simply with a little trash-talk, and despite the recent inactivity, they remain top-10 ranked fighters in their weight classes.

    White, though, said he’s ready to move on.

    “It’s not frustrating for me at all,” he said. “If the Diaz brothers don’t ever want to fight again, that’s up to them. They’re fun to watch. I know people like to watch them. But you can’t make grown men fight. They either want to fight or they don’t.

    “The world moves on, man.”
  • 05-07-2014, 10:39 PM
    Dana White claims 'inactivity' reason for Nate Diaz UFC rankings deletion, while Dominick Cruz sits at No. 9
    Earlier this week, former No. 1 Lightweight title challenger, Nate Diaz, was noticeably absent from the latest round of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) official rankings.

    Conspiracy theories swirled, from it being a simple mistake to UFC and Diaz parting ways.

    Company president Dana White was a guest on "UFC Tonight" earlier this evening and attempted to clarify the situation, calling it a deliberate move because of Diaz's "inactivity."

    However, Diaz most recently waxed Gray Maynard at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 Finale in Nov. 30, 2013. That's less than six months ago, which doesn't really make much sense, considering former Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz -- who has not seen the inside of the Octagon in more than two years because of various injuries -- currently holds the No. 9 spot in the 135-pound division.

    When gently pressed by show hosts Chael Sonnen and Kenny Florian to elaborate, White rationalized that T.J. Grant was also removed from the rankings, even though he has been dealing with serious brain-related trauma (concussions). Of course, the analogy makes no sense just based on the aforementioned Cruz example alone.

    In fact, former Middleweight champion Anderson Silva is clogging two spots, one on the pound-for-pound list and the 185-pound rankings. And he's out for more than one year thanks to a shattered shin.

    White sprinkled in that Diaz was "turning down fights" and "hasn’t accepted any fights (not responding to offers)" and is unsure if, or when, he's ever going to fight again.

    His partial quote (transcribed by FOX Sports 1):

    "Everyone is talking about Nate Diaz being removed and so has T.J. Grant, for inactivity. 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 T.J. 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."
  • 05-06-2014, 09:46 AM
    Nate Diaz pulled from UFC lightweight rankings
    Not even 24 hours after T.J. Grant was pulled from the UFC rankings, presumably due to his inactivity and uncertain future, former title challenger and long-time veteran Nate Diaz has also been dropped. Diaz was placed 5th after Grant's removal, and now everyone below Diaz has moved up one spot, with Joe Lauzon snagging the last ranked spot at #15.
    We should note that there doesn't seem to be anything on the radar suggesting that Diaz has been removed from the UFC roster entirely, so for now it appears that his shiny new "unranked" status could be stemming from the never-ending butting of heads between the UFC's brass and the Diaz Brothers
  • 05-05-2014, 12:16 PM
    CA_Gas Bag
    Quote Originally Posted by dbader08 View Post
    Tell Renan Barao that. BW champ, top 3 p4p fighter AT LEAST, and what he gets paid is basically trash. Dana says "He is in the process of becoming the star he needs to be", which is a joke. Where is the incentive for the younger guys when a CHAMP is getting paid like Renan is? most definitely alot tho for Nick.
    It's going to get to the point where they won't have a choice but to pay Barao what he's worth in order to keep him on the roster. I can't imagine they'd let him go to any other organization especially if he remains champion until his contract ends.

    I agree that the line of Barao "becoming the star he needs to be" is bullshit. He is the best fucking bantamweight on the planet right now, he likely smokes Cruz when he returns (if they fight) and if/when he moves up to featherweight I wholeheartedly believe Barao is dynamic enough to not only contend but become champion. Which will only increase his worth further.

    It'd be in their best interest to redo his deal now before he potentially obliterates everyone in his path and his value gets even higher.

    And Nick Diaz wants 500K just to show...
  • 05-05-2014, 10:24 AM
    Thomson has looked good, his loss was a very close fight to the former champ. Meanwhile, neither Diaz brother has fought or done anything relevant in a while. Why would he get drunk and bother with them?
  • 05-05-2014, 10:16 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by KevoOnTheRadio View Post
    Oh shit he used #s. Thats gangster as fuck
    Only a Diaz brother would have the mindset to call someone who just knocked you out a #sorryasslittlebitch
  • 05-05-2014, 10:10 AM
    Oh shit he used #s. Thats gangster as fuck
  • 05-05-2014, 09:49 AM
    Nate Diaz isn't buying Josh Thomson's excuse of a stolen phone
    Josh Thomson seemed to issue a challenge to Nick Diaz – while taking a shot at his brother, Nate Diaz – before saying he didn’t send the tweet and that his phone was stolen.

    The younger Diaz isn’t buying it.

    You got drunk talked a bunch of stupid shit when you woke up you panicked an #backpeddled #sorryasslittlebitch #whatreallyhappened #bereal—
    Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) May 05, 2014
  • 05-03-2014, 04:42 AM
    now my name is down the entire front page. fuck yeah.

    Nick Diaz!
  • 05-01-2014, 09:02 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by CA_Gas Bag View Post
    You keep your name as a draw and your pay rate high by fighting and winning. Nick hasn't won a fight in two and a half years. Yes a year was lost due to suspension, but that was his own doing. And he's asking for the same amount of show money that Liddell was making when he was fighting. You earn money like that by pulling in PPV numbers, but also by fighting whoever whenever. UFC didn't help matters by giving him a title shot after GSP asked to fight him of course, so I feel like part of this is their doing.

    Dead horse. Beaten. Blah blah blah.
    Tell Renan Barao that. BW champ, top 3 p4p fighter AT LEAST, and what he gets paid is basically trash. Dana says "He is in the process of becoming the star he needs to be", which is a joke. Where is the incentive for the younger guys when a CHAMP is getting paid like Renan is? most definitely alot tho for Nick.
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