Miesha Tate Understands Why Nate Diaz Exploded At The UFC Press Conference
Last Friday, a 25th-anniversary press conference was held by UFC in Los Angeles. The goal was the promotion of the new fights. The return of Nate Diaz should have been breaking news. Yet, Nate Diaz completely gone wild when UFC announced Khabib Nurmagomedov Vs Conor McGregor fight for the main event of UFC 229! He walked out of the conference. Later he even tweeted he won’t fight Dustin Poirier!
Miesha Tate stood by his side when she was speaking on Sirius XM Fight Nation this weekend. (via MMAFighting.com)
“I would feel the same way as Nate does,” Tate said. “Nate has a different personality than I do, he’s expressive in a different way, but of course [I would be mad]. I remember when I threatened retirement because I was so pissed off that they had promised that I would fight Ronda and then they ended up switching that out and having Holly [Holm] but they didn’t tell me. It’s the same thing that happened to Nate, essentially, it’s just that Nate was in front of everybody. I was pissed too, believe me.”
Nate Diaz has already had many incidents with the UFC. Remember when he was asking $15 million for the next fight? Miesha Tate believes Nate could only stay away from fighting for a period of time. But she doubts it will make the situation better – UFC brings the final decision.
“I was mad but they don’t care,” Tate said. “They know that they have a strong arm in a lot of this and it doesn’t really matter. Or if they do care, it’s not enough. Like, ‘I’m sorry but this is what you have to do for business.’ You can’t really argue with them. They’re the ones who are gonna make the final decision, so what can you do? What can Nate do?
“For me it was a whirlwind of emotions, just trying to decide what I even wanted to do next because I felt like it was so unfair. Then it was just coming to terms with, ‘Well, life’s not fair. What do you want to do about it? Are you ready to retire now or not?’ And the truth was I wasn’t ready to retire at that time. Obviously I still went on to fight Jessica Eye after that and went on to win the title against Holly later, so I wasn’t ready to retire but it was just the frustration.”
Diaz brothers were staying away from fighting in the past. It was their ultimate weapon to get better contracts. But Nate drops in rankings over and over. Miesha Tate has an alarming message for him. After all, he is not Conor McGregor to do whatever he wants.
“Having a talk with Dana White helps but it still stings because he’s not the one to have a filter on,” Tate concluded. “The conversation was like, ‘Yeah, but you’re not Ronda Rousey.’
“It’s part of just recognizing that. I have a different value than Ronda and hers is what it is and mine is what it is so I have to continue to work to build mine even more. What else can I do? Get back to the grind. You just try to leverage yourself as much as you can but there’s a point where you don’t have the leverage. You don’t have the final leverage, the UFC does.”
What do you think, is Miesha Tate right? Would you defend Nate Diaz? After all, he didn’t fight for two years.