Nate Diaz, who made over a million when he stepped in for Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196 and defeated Conor McGregor, doesn't seem to be too happy with the UFC or its fans.
Now that Diaz is in the limelight, he feels like the UFC is trying to take it away from him and give it back to its star... Conor McGregor.
Diaz sat down with Brett Okamoto at ESPN.com and to clarify his feelings.
"I feel like, honest, I feel like the UFC wants to weed me the f**k out of this position. I don't know if I'm supposed to say that. Sorry. I feel like a lot of people are coming at me now. I see them making a lot of excuses for [McGregor], and I think it's kind of ridiculous."
According to Diaz, it's not just the UFC, but fans of UFC as well.
"I don't think it's just the UFC. It's everybody. People are saying, 'Oh, [McGregor] is great, he's accepted the loss so well.' If I would have lost, people would be saying, 'piece of s**t shouldn't have accepted the fight.'"
Diaz also feels that a lot of excuses are being thrown around for McGregor. Especially when most people feel that McGregor was winning up until Diaz came back and choked him out in the second round.
TMZ caught up with McGregor while shopping in Beverly Hill over the weekend and McGregor told the photog that he'd love to get back in the ring against Diaz, stating that he'd "love to get that one back." During that conversation, McGregor also added that he felt he had won the first round and was well on his way to winning the second.
"I don't mean to be bitter, but there are a lot of excuses being made for this guy. He's talking about winning the first round. There are five rounds in a fight. Who gives a s**t if you won a round? You lost."
While a McGregor-Diaz rematch is what McGregor may want, Diaz seems to have a different target in mind: the bank. The newly minted millionaire wants to make sure he stays in the spotlight by bagging the biggest fight he can, which could include a rematch against the man he replaced: Rafael dos Anjos.
"I'm thinking probably the lightweight title fight, whatever is biggest. ... I'm not asking for anything. I'm demanding more than everybody. I want more than everybody, straight up. Money talks. I want the biggest fight. Whoever I've got to fight -- the biggest show, biggest payday -- that's what I want."