- Dana White shared his take on Nate Diaz leaving the UFC
- The promotion’s boss made a shocking revelation about the Diaz vs. Ferguson fight
After pulling off a spectacular win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 279, Nate Diaz confirmed he will part ways with the promotion for a while to do other stuff. One of them is working on his own promotion, Real Fight Inc., which he launched prior to UFC 279. During his octagon interview, Diaz also said that he’s gonna show his fellow fighters how to dominate other sports but would surely be returning to the UFC.
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During his UFC 279 post-fight presser, UFC president Dana White shared his honest take and stance on the matter.
Nate is always welcome
According to White, Diaz has been in the UFC “forever” and regardless of what he wants to do in the future, the promotion is his home and he will always be welcome.
“He’s been here forever,” White said of Diaz. “It’s been a blast having him here. I wish him well. Me and him had this discussion months ago at the offices. Whatever he moves on to do, I wish him nothing but the best. He’s starting his own organization or getting into promoting or doing something else, I wish him nothing but the best of luck. It’s been awesome having him here.”
“No matter what Nate does from here on out, this is his house,” he added.
It is what it is
Many were baffled when “El Cucuy” decided to shoot for a takedown, which appeared to be the reason for his defeat as Diaz capitalized the moment they took it the ground. White lifted the lid on the subject and confirmed that he heard Ferguson’s corner instructing him to “take him down” and that’s about it.
“Listen, they’re both older guys that have been around here for a long time. It was what I expected,” White explained. “[Nate Diaz is] so durable and so tough. Literally, I don’t know if you guys have monitors or you can hear what’s going on, but we went into Tony’s corner that round and his corner for some reason told him to take [Diaz] down. [They] said, ‘Take him down.’ He was chopping that leg, kicking that front leg, obviously doing damage and his corner told him to take him down. Nate capitalized on that the minute he did it.”
Undeniably, Diaz had been a household name not only in the UFC, but in all MMA as well. It will be interesting to see what his next move is as it will surely be big. So let’s see what lies ahead of the legend.