Though he hasn’t fought in 16 months, Nate Diaz isn’t in a rush to get back into the UFC octagon.
“Ask nicely, motherf**ers. Ask nicely,” Diaz said on the Outside the Box podcast in response to his being called out by the likes of Tony Ferguson and Tyron Woodey. “I’m talking about the organization, the fighters. And make it a big deal, because I’m not trying to just sign a contract just because it’s a good idea for you guys.”
In September, Ferguson, now the interim lightweight champion, said he’d turn Diaz’s signature move against him: “Nate, I will f**king Stockton slap the sh*t out of you kid. You don’t f**king know me, dude. Straight up.”
According to Woodley, he had a fight with Diaz lined up for UFC 219, but negotiations deteriorated when the Stockton, California, native requested $15 million for the bout.
“I think Nate didn’t really want the fight,” the welterweight champion said. “It’s like saying ‘Would I fight Alistair Overeem?’ And I say ‘Yeah, I’ll fight him for $30 million.
“I think threw out such a ridiculous number that he knew he wasn’t gonna get compensated for, so he didn’t have to say no to the fight.”
Neither attempt to disrespect Diaz into a fight worked.
“I don’t need to fight nobody,” Diaz added. “I’ll fight anybody, but I don’t need to fight anybody. And the fighters are like, ‘He’s not a fighter,’ I’m like, it sounds like you’re being manipulated into trying to manipulate me into getting into a fight. Guess what? You work for somebody; I work for me. Who’s the fighter now, motherf**er?”
Could he be holding out for the heavily desired rubber match with McGregor?
“Time will tell. I don’t know right now,” Diaz said. “There’s talk. They (the UFC) call me, we talk about things, but I think what’s happening is they want me to ask, and beg, and I don’t need nothing from nobody. I don’t need nothing from anybody.”