Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White said Nate Diaz doesn't have much bargaining power coming off just one win in his last three fights.
According to his comments at Wednesday's (Jan. 15, 2014) UFC Fight Night 35 post-fight media scrum (watch it), White went into detail about the difficulty in finding an opponent for Khabib Nurmagomedov, who may be the loneliest fighter in the entire 155-pound division.
"Guys can say whatever they want, ‘I'll fight this guy, I'm not afraid,' [but] nobody wants to fight this guy."
Nurmagomedov was originally slated to fight Gilbert Melendez at the upcoming UFC 170 pay-per-view (PPV), but that fell through after it was revealed that "El Nino" wanted to fight at a later date, preferably April.
So "The Eagle" called out Nate Diaz, instead, who turned the fight down when UFC failed to meet his terms, something White says "makes no sense," arguing that Diaz is not in any position to be asking for much of anything.
"I don't dislike the kid, I like the kid very much. You've won one of your last three fights and you're looking for a contract renegotiation? The kid makes money, the kid makes very good money, and to ask for more money to fight makes no sense. Or he wants a title fight ... makes no sense. You won one of your last three, you looked impressive against Gray Maynard, and Diaz is one of those guys, he's a kid who always comes out to fight and is exciting. But, to try to renegotiate?"
One person who seems to be willing to fight Nurmagomedov since his request for Diaz fell on deaf ears is team Blackzilian member Michael Johnson, who has been publicly campaigning for the match-up via Twitter.
Unfortunately for "The Menace," it was Nurmagomedov's turn to say, "No."