UFC president Dana White responded to some of Nate Diaz’s controversial comments from a long interview yesterday.
The back-and-forth continues between the enigmatic Diaz brothers and the UFC. In a wide-ranging and scathing interview yesterday on The MMA Hour, Nate Diaz took a lot of shots at the UFC, Conor McGregor, Tony Ferguson, and a bunch of other people. One of the biggest topics was his return to the cage, and whether he needed a third Conor McGregor fight to make it worth it for him.
Diaz believed that McGregor needs him, not the other way around, and he and brother Nick Diaz hadn’t really heard much from the UFC. He did admit that he agreed to a fight with Ferguson for July, then backed out, saying he wasn’t going to do McGregor’s dirty work for him. Diaz believes that McGregor and Ferguson should fight, with the winner to “get a shot at the golden child right here”. Ie. himself. But he wasn’t going to fight in 2017.
Well, TMZ Sports was quick to catch up with UFC president Dana White to ask him about Nate’s comments. In his response, he maintained the stance he has taken up for the last few months – that the brothers are turning down fight offers, and he doesn’t know what their deal is:
“He doesn’t need to fight in 2017. The guy made a lot of money. (He’s) probably good.
“I don’t think you’ll ever, I don’t know if those guys will ever fight again. We offer them fights all the time. We offer fights and they turn them down. I don’t know what he wants, you know. That’s up to them. If they wanna fight next week or they never wanna fight again, that’s up to them. It’s not up to me.
“They don’t seem like they wanna fight.”
White also addressed Nate’s claim that McGregor only won the decision in their second fight because that’s what the UFC wanted:
“The UFC has nothing to do with the decision or the outcome of fights. So…crazy talk.”
In addition, White confirmed that he believed Conor won the fight, and that Diaz was wrong in thinking that he did:
“Three judges didn’t see it that way. Crazy talk. It’s Nate talk.”