“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.”