Nate Diaz Says He Won’t Consider Any UFC Offer For Less Than $20 Million
Nate Diaz had two of the biggest MMA fights of 2016, both against Conor McGregor. With his increased value as a pay-per-view draw, Diaz is now saying he won’t even consider taking another fight unless the price is right.
“I’m only fighting at lightweight for a big fight or $20 million just to take the call,” Diaz told MMAFighting.com. “Until then, I’m just living my life.”
For Diaz, money is the big thing holding back a potential third fight in his series with McGregor. Fans are clamoring for the trilogy fight, but UFC brass isn’t exactly opening up the checkbook like Diaz expects, particularly for someone who has already defeated McGregor once before.
“I already beat him,” Diaz said. “And they aren’t paying enough to fight him again.”
I can understand Diaz’s frustration, especially considering that he was still being passed over as a potential title contender even after his victory over McGregor in March. Also, given what McGregor makes for each fight, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect a larger payday for a fight that’s almost guaranteed to do big business. Of course, all of this is relative to what UFC thinks Diaz’s value is. And, really, that seems to be Diaz’s issue in all of this: he doesn’t feel he’s being valued enough. Here’s hoping UFC finds a way to mend fences with the guy before they lose out on the potential trilogy fight altogether.
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