The UFC's $4 billion sale is something to be celebrated, but right now it seems like it's haunting them. Since the sale, we've seen the forming of the MMAAA, with fighters looking for higher pay and health benefits, and now we're seeing multiple fighters put their foot down regarding pay. Why fight for relative peanuts if there's real money out there?
Chalk up Nate Diaz as the latest fighter to not answer the UFC's call, unless they pony up. Big time. With Tony Ferguson wanting more money and Khabib Nurmagomedov looking for a fight at UFC 209, the UFC is scrambling. They have no Cyborg, no Conor McGregor, no Jose Aldo or Max Holloway fight. It's as if, suddenly, things have gotten very desperate. They need a headliner and they need one now. But they aren't getting one until silver crosses their palms.
Here's what Nate had to say about the situation.
"I'm only fighting at lightweight for a big fight or 20 million just to take the call," Diaz told MMAFighting. "Until then, I'm just living my life."
Nate got $2 million for his second fight against McGregor, plus PPV points which probably put him in the 5-digit payday category. Once you see those fat checks, it's hard to go back down to what he's used to fighting for ($50/$50). But... But! What about the McGregor/Diaz trilogy fight? That's a money fight if there ever was one, right?
You're killing us, Nate. You're brushing off the blunt guts from your hands, reaching into our chests, and tearing out our hearts. Why are you doing this? It's whatever. *starts shadowboxing* You do you, Nate.