Nate Diaz Denies Turning Down Nurmagomedov Fight; Calls Dana White ‘Full Of S—’

News broke last night that Nate Diaz had become the latest UFC lightweight to turn down a bout with surging No. 7-ranked Khabib Nurmagomedov. However, the outspoken Stockton native was quick to dispel these notions, taking to Twitter with some choice words for his employer:

It’s not the first time (nor will it be the last) that the younger Diaz has ruffled some UFC feathers. He was suspended in May of last year for making a gay slur about Bryan Caraway’s default “Submission of the Night” bonus at UFC 159 after original winner Pat Healy had it stripped after failing a drug test for marijuana.

Diaz also hammed it up when he said that he wouldn’t be able to make it to his scheduled TUF 18 Finale main event against Gray Maynard because of a high school reunion.

His antics may be deemed humorous by many, but Diaz’ decision to speak what is on his mind may be costing him financially. He made a paltry $15,000 for his knockout over Maynard, only reaching $30,000 for the fight thanks to his win bonus. There’s no question that the No. 5-ranked Diaz is one of the most talented 155-pound fighters in the UFC, but like his brother, he simply refuses to “play the game,” as Dana White puts it.

Nurmagomedov is still left without an opponent for the rapidly approaching UFC 170 on February 22. He was rumored to be facing former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, but that fight fell through the cracks due to undisclosed reasons. But while some may not want to fight the undefeated “Eagle,” Diaz is apparently not one of them. His manager Mike Kogan detailed the situation to MMA Mania:

“Nate has never turned down a fight against anyone. There are conditions that we asked for that were turned down by the UFC, so the fight didn’t happen.”

So Diaz and his team didn’t turn down the fight, they were just asking for more than the UFC was willing to give. You can’t blame the popular Diaz for asking for more dough, but either way Nurmagomedov’s search for an opponent for UFC 170 rolls on.

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13 Comments

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    watermelon fresh

    January 12, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Fight makes no sense for Nate. He needs to be fighting bigger names.

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    NateDogg

    January 12, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Just cut the Diaz brothers and everything is fine…

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    falcon4917

    January 12, 2014 at 11:09 am

    I would really like to know why Melendez couldn't fight.

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    PukeVomit

    January 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    you have to love nate for stepping up against dana. he's such a real person.

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    D

    January 12, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    It's quite possible that Nate's management turned down the fight and he had nothing to do with it.

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      jmedno5891

      January 12, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      I find this more likely than Nate turning it down himself, the fact that White tried to make him look bad by publicly saying he turned it down is trashy and good on Nate for calling him out on his bull****

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    matt1926

    January 12, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    The truth is that none of us really know the truth. It's a matter of who you want to believe. A thug from Stockton that smokes dope all the time, (and offered no explanation for why Dana would say he turned down the fight) or Dana……who in my opinion usually tries to tell the fans what's going on.

    Since 85% of the people on this site hate Dana White and the UFC I'm gonna guess the former.

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