Fans of the UFC's enigmatic tandem, Nate and Nick Diaz, will have to wait to see them return to the Octagon. UFC president Dana White spoke with TMZ about the mysterious absence of the Diaz brothers.
“We keep offering Nate fights and he keeps turning them down. Nick, too,” said White.
When asked whether a trilogy fight with Conor McGregor is the reason Nate Diaz is turning down fights, White had this answer.
A loss to an opponent other than McGregor could quiet the demand surrounding a trilogy fight, but that isn't a guarantee. Nate Diaz has lost many fights before and his popularity has survived due to his entertaining style.
Nick Diaz, on the other hand, is much harder to figure out. He's lost his previous three fights, one being changed to a no contest against Anderson Silva, and has only three fights to his credit since 2012. That's half a decade of relative inactivity, so holding out for "big money fights" is a luxury that hasn't been earned.
Both Diaz brothers make a good amount of sponsorship money, but the chance to make a living inside the Octagon won't be available forever. It's time for someone from their camp to convince them to take advantage of their renewed popularity before it ends.