Nate Diaz became a household name at UFC 196 by slapping and choking out UFC front-man Conor McGregor but Nate doesn’t feel the love.
Nate explains that the UFC is still dragging their feet with his next fight and that they aren’t treating him like the star he’s now become.
“I feel like, honest, I feel like the UFC wants to weed me the f**k out of this position,” said Diaz. “I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that. Sorry. I feel like a lot of people are coming at me now. I see them making a lot of excuses for [McGregor], and I think it’s kind of ridiculous.
“I don’t think it’s just the UFC. It’s everybody. People are saying, ‘Oh, [McGregor] is great, he’s accepted the loss so well.’ If I would have lost, people would be saying, ‘piece of s**t shouldn’t have accepted the fight.’ I don’t mean to be bitter, but there are a lot of excuses being made for this guy. He’s talking about winning the first round. There are five rounds in a fight. Who gives a s**t if you won a round? You lost.” – ESPN
Diaz has a point, Conor McGregor wouldn’t have had to wait weeks before learning his fate. Conor would’ve been able to pick his opponent that night and fight for whichever title he pleased.
Diaz feels he can sell a fight just as well and that his brand is now big enough to garner the same treatment.
Sorry Nate, one mega-fight does not give fighters that power. McGregor breaking records in 3 straight UFC PPVs does. With that being said, Nate has set himself up nicely for another $500K pay-day and a title fight at July’s UFC 200.