Didn't he decline a fight with Lombard?
Nick would be a great way to make Rory into a draw. They could actually count on him not showing up for pressers, and have a second plan--interviews with his cornermen, with his mom, with his brother, whatever. Set the pressers up to give the audience something when Nick doesn't make it...and the novelty of that--plus the UFC's editing--would be something new and potentially crazy enough to work.
I think the only drawback to paying Nick a half-mil flat rate is that it sets a precedent. You're going to have other fighters pull what Nate just did: "if he gets that, well, then I'm worth this..." kind of thing. But you've got to spend money to make money, and Nick is not only a proven draw, he's enough of a personality that he could showcase other talent. Plus, he never underwhelms in the cage. Even when he's stalking guys who are out to win on points, he's putting on a show. Based on those merits alone, he should be getting paid more than, say, a Michael Bisping. I'd give him a flat rate, no win bonus, but with some incentives [do this presser and you get X, finish the fight and you get Y] and some caveats [fail the drug test and you get z].
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I still don't get this whole Nick Diaz is a proven draw stuff. He has had 3 fights in the UFC since his Strikeforce exit. One was against BJ Penn (legend), one was against GSP (legend and PPV selling machine), and the one that I guess you could credit him as being the star of, against Condit, didn't do particularly well, and you could even credit that partially to the budding GSP-Diaz rivalry. Diaz being a draw, in my opinion, is one of those things that's been said enough times that it's accepted as true now. I have a lot of casual MMA fan friends, and not once have I heard any of them say anything about being excited to see Diaz fight.
I'm sure somebody will post some PPV numbers that make me look foolish, but I think Nick's stardom is greatly exaggerated.
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Id put him in the top 20 (anywhere from #10 - 20 I wouldnt have a problem with) for drawing power for active UFC fighters. Even if he was top 10 in draw power I wouldnt pay him $500k or even $250K per fight. At the very most I would give him $100K to show. This shit is annoying as hell. Dont be a bitch and ask for a release because all of a sudden you dont think you're getting what you're worth. Be a man and finish your obligation/contract and then renegotiate.
What makes you state that he's fading?
I think they can parlay his name into showcasing developing new stars, as I'd mentioned with Rory. Alone, Rory is about as charismatic as a blank piece of paper. But put him with Nick as a foil, and you can have him play a variety of roles.
What are you basing your numbers off of?Even if he was top 10 in draw power I wouldnt pay him $500k or even $250K per fight. At the very most I would give him $100K to show. This shit is annoying as hell. Dont be a bitch and ask for a release because all of a sudden you dont think you're getting what you're worth. Be a man and finish your obligation/contract and then renegotiate.
Do you have any access to books, or his extrapolated drawing power, or even the scale that other fighters are receiving?
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