After it was confirmed that Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor will fight each other in a rematch at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas, Diaz has again expressed his anger at how he believes the Irishman is treated differently to every other fighter in the company.
Diaz beat McGregor when they met at UFC 196 earlier this month, and the pair will now do battle once more, with the fight set to take place at welterweight again.
While Diaz is game, he is wondering what he needs to do to earn the respect of the company he works for.
“I swear to God, the UFC thinks it was an accident or something,” Diaz ESPN.com.
“They think it was an accident, and now they’re saying, ‘Let’s get Nate back in there and take him out before he gets any bigger.’
“I don’t think so. I’ve fought everyone in the UFC, and they better give me some m**********r compliments if I win this fight.”
“Since that last fight, have you heard any praise for me from Dana or the UFC? None at all.
“How much praise has that m**********r got?
“I’ve never lost a fight and not wanted to fight the guy 10 minutes later. The UFC is pumping him up again, saying he wants to redeem himself and giving him all this credit for it. It’s like, dude, I’ve been obsessed with every fight I’ve ever lost. This is a gift for him to get it right away.
“I’ve never gotten my losses back.”
Diaz also insists he does not get paid well enough. When asked to reveal exactly how much he stands to profit on July 9, he said: “I’m making a lot of money, but not enough.”
As for his aspirations within the UFC, Diaz is convinced that the sky is the limit for him. However, he also noted that the unpredictable nature of Mixed Martial Arts will make his climb to the top tricky.
“I think I can beat every fighter from my weight up to heavyweight,” he said.
“I really do feel like I’m better than everyone, but I feel like if I don’t go in there and do what I’m supposed to do, you can f**k up and lose to anyone. So even a guy I just beat, I need to make sure I prepare and get the job done.
“Kill or be killed. There’s a lot of pressure in this sport. I need to go in and make s**t happen my way.”