- Dana White has come clean about Nate Diaz’s situations
- Diaz is sure about leaving the UFC
Following Nate Diaz ranting at the UFC and claiming that the promotion has been “holding him hostage,” Dana White finally addressed the issue and shared his side of the story.
That’s not how it works
According to White, there are no hostages or anything of that sort in the UFC as he either let fighters fight “three fights a year” or pay them. In Nate’s case, who is in the last fight of his current deal, White opts to book him a fight rather than compensate him.
“We can’t hold guys hostage,” White told reporters at Saturday’s UFC on ABC 3 post-fight news conference. “It’s not possible. I owe you three fights a year. If I don’t fight you three times a year, I have to pay you. How can I hold him hostage?”
“What do you think my plans are? I’m going to get him a fight,” he pointed out. “I don’t know (when). We’ll see what happens. I have to get him three fights a year. I offer fights, and he either accepts them or turns them down. Obviously I’m not paying him, so I’ve offered him fights.”
White added that it has been hard dealing with Diaz, especially with the names he’s been dropping lately.
“I mean, imagine having a f*cking conversation like that,” White said of Diaz’s bold comments. “It’s like, come on. Nate Diaz vs. Francis Ngannou? What should I say? Just f*cking stand there like, ‘Holy sh*t. This is crazy.’”
Nate hits back
As far as Diaz’s is concerned, regardless of how White sees it, he is all set to part ways with the UFC. He reiterated it when he made a quick response to White’s interview.
“Dana said Francis Ngannou was injured and couldn’t fight right now Idk why he was so confused in interview,” Diaz tweeted. “And in the last 9 months I been offered 0 fights and I asked for 5 legitimate opponents ..
Thanks u for the kind words can I go now.”
For sure, fans are yearning to see Diaz inside the octagon for the last time. However, from the look of it, it appears that it’s not happening anytime soon.