UFC president Dana White isn’t buying into the Nate Diaz return banter.
While the MMA world got excited at the prospect of Nate Diaz fighting at UFC 227 this August when the rumors came about a few days ago, one person isn’t exactly on board with all that – UFC president Dana White. When talking to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, White shot down the idea of Nate’s imminent return, saying nothing is new in terms of how the UFC has interacted with him lately:
Also, @danawhite didn’t seem to think much of the news about UFC negotiating a fight with Nate Diaz. “We offer him a fight every 3 or 4 months and have ever since his last fight. Nothing is going on.”
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) May 3, 2018
Diaz (21-10, 16-8 UFC) hasn’t competed in the Octagon since August 2016, when he dropped a unanimous decision to Conor McGregor in one of the highest-grossing events in the promotion’s history. Recently, Nate’s teammate Jake Shields said that Nate is very likely to fight again but wants it to be a big fight and worth his while financially.
Diaz himself said back in January that he was looking at a May or June return, but that seems highly unlikely at this point.
Dana could just be throwing people off the trail with a statement like that, but it seems like the seemingly never-ending saga of trying to get the Diaz brothers in the Octagon will go on for at least a little while longer.