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Morning Report: Nate Diaz: ‘The UFC better hope I don’t win this fight because the game is going to change’

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Nate Diaz, who has already leveraged his burgeoning star power against the UFC to great effect, plans to do so even more should he win his rematch with Conor McGregor.

It may have taken him almost 10 years, but Nate Diaz finally understands the business of MMA.

In March of this year, Diaz stepped in on 10 days notice to fight the UFC’s biggest star, featherweight champion Conor McGregor. That night Diaz, a fighter already with a sizable fan base, stopped McGregor in the second round, gave the world a now famous soundbite (“I’m not surprised motherfuckers!”) and became a mainstream star. It was an unexpected turn of events for a fighter who had been voicing displeasure over his pay and booking for years.

In an interview with Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports, Diaz spoke about how he got wise to the business side of MMA, how that has affected him, and what that means going forward.

“People will say, ‘I’ll fight anybody, I love to fight.’ You love to fight? [Expletive] that. People say that. And, yeah, I said that. And I woke up. It takes a lot of fighting to wake up. ‘I’ll fight anybody for free? I’ll fight anybody?’ That’s what [the UFC] wants. That’s what pads their bottom line. Then I realized, ‘[Expletive] you [expletive], you’re playing me.’

“I’d look at my following [on social media] and other peoples’ followings and I’d look at the numbers for the Fox shows they were putting me on and I was like, ‘Damn, a lot of people are tuning into these shows.’ I was headlining a lot of them back-to-back. I was like, ‘I am bringing in bigger numbers than anybody and I’m not getting the deals. ‘Fox card,’ they always said. ‘Free TV, free TV.’ I was like, ‘No, it’s ….View full article

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