White: Nick Diaz liked Hector Lombard fight, then never called back
Dana White said he wanted to make Nick Diaz vs. Hector Lombard. Diaz liked the fight, “but then I never heard from him again."
The fact is, Nate Diaz who is one of the best LW fighters in the world & is willing to fight anyone in his division (and probably in the division above as well). He is not paid enough. There are only a handful of LW fighter who could beat Diaz on any given night, he has been a company fighter since he arrive in the UFC and he has a fan friendly style. Give the kid a raise and a lecture on better business practices :)
Fighters who are getting 6k/6k or 8k/8k aren't even underpaid. That is for one night. No one should get millions for one night, but some do. If you fight 4 times in a year, make 6k to show, and lose every fight, guess what? You still made 24k for 4 nights of work. Not enough to live? Good thing you have 361 other days that year to make more money. Now before I get destroyed by a dozen people saying "but, but, but training is a full time job!", does anybody pay you to be prepared to do your job at a successful level? No? Me neither.
All that being said, if money is being made, and you can get more of it then do it. I think every athlete is overpaid, but billions get put into sports, so generally the athletes get a nice chunk of it. UFC fighters should probably get a bigger chunk, when compared to other major sports, but that's on them as a whole to make it happen. They are not victims.
Also fuck the whole "bigger dreams and willing to work for it" bullshit. I love MMA, but that's not my dream. My dream is to get married, have kids, and have a house in the woods. Nate Diaz isn't better than me or anyone else because his dream, which he actually doesn't even seem to be following right now because the 60k minimum he agreed to isn't enough, makes him more famous than most. Fame doesn't equal hero.
Also I'd like to be a professional fisherman, be Rick Grimes, Dean Winchester, or Batman, and have my own pet rhino that I ride like the one in Donkey Kong. Those are my dreams.
And to say for one night or 4 nights of work is again wrong. Factor in training camps, media events, travel and recover and I would guess a fight camp & recover runs 2-4 months on average. These guys train like a full time job, it is not like they are sitting on their ass playing Call of Duty while leading up to a fight (unless your Rampage).
Anyways, seems to me, someone who is elite at what they do and are an asset to the company they work for should be compensated better than what Nate and many other fighters appear to be.
Before anyone gets it wrong, I also see fault in Diaz for signing the contract.
The average salary for the CFL last year was 83k. Thats for 20 games, not counting playoffs. So thats 4150 a game. Most likely at least 3 or 4 practices between games, daily workouts, and film sessions etc. Once agents and the gov't takes its cut, Id guess they're down to about 2500 a game.
Keep in mind thats Canadian dollars as well, so about 0.90.
Maybe Nate, who is an average fighter, isnt doing so badly.