Nate Diaz is angry at the manner in which he has been treated since defeating Conor McGregor at UFC 196 and is puzzled at how fans and the media have jumped to the latter’s defence.
Diaz bided his time before he finally got his big fight against the UFC’s flagship.
Diaz has spent a large majority of his career taking home relatively small pay packets, sometimes as little as US$15,000. In the build-up to UFC 196, McGregor continuously made reference to this in the seemingly never-ending war of words that took place between the two.
Having rocked the world by defeating McGregor, Diaz feels like UFC president, Dana White, wants to restore order in the company and get McGregor back to the top. Diaz also believes that he is being shunned from the limelight that he earned.
“I feel like, honest, I feel like the UFC wants to weed me the f**k out of this position,” Diaz told ESPN.
“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 him, and I think it’s kind of ridiculous.
“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.”
As for the amount of money he made at UFC 196, Diaz denies that it is the “life-changing” amount that White made it out to be.
“I made a good amount of money,” Diaz said.
“I think they’re over exaggerating how much. I don’t feel like anybody did me any favours, I’ll tell you that much, but I made a good chunk of change and I’m grateful. I’ve been demanding that.”
As for the future, Diaz will not accept anything but the best and biggest fights.
“I’m not asking for anything. I’m demanding more than everybody. I want more than everybody, straight up. Money talks. I want the biggest fight. Whoever I’ve got to fight, the biggest show, biggest payday, that’s what I want.”
A number of possible match-ups have been suggested, with bouts against lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos and welterweight champion Robbie Lawler both realistic options.