Nate Diaz is standing firm in his stance to not return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon until he gets a title shot or at least a new contract that pays him more than Arianny Celeste and Brittney Palmer.
Unfortunately for the Stockton slugger, that's not going to happen anytime soon, according to UFC President Dana White, who says the ink isn't even dry yet on the contract Nate recently signed.
Now, if he was a "needle mover" like his older brother Nick Diaz -- and maybe won more fights -- then maybe, just maybe White would reconsider. The Las Vegas fight boss broke it down during his recent media scrum in Dublin, Ireland (watch it).
"He's under contract, you know? He's under contract and when he's ready to fight he can fight. The kid makes good money. The kid makes really good money. And the unfortunate part is, he's not a needle mover. His brother (Nick Diaz) is a needle mover, he's not."
Dana White stepped away from contract negotiations with Gilbert Melendez and let Lorenzo Fertitta take over after he couldn't see eye-to-eye with "El Nino's" camp; but that won't be happening this time around.
Because there's nothing to work out, according to White.
"He seems like he's popular when you're looking on f--king Twitter and some website. But the numbers, the real numbers, tell the truth. We know who moves needles and who doesn't move needles. If Nate Diaz was a massive needle mover, we'd have called him. He'd be on the phone, we'd be figuring it out and we'd work it out. He doesn't move the needle.This isn't a sort things out thing, you are under contract. He just signed the contract. Who is really at the end of the day happy? When we signed Melendez is when he got unhappy, when his partner signed that contract is when he became unhappy."
White recently said he couldn't care less if Nate Diaz sits out his entire career and never comes back to the Octagon after Nate took to Twitter to clown on Donald Cerrone -- a fighter Dana says does nothing but fight -- for "sucking too much UFC d**k."
And since Dana and Co. are firm on sticking to their guns, it would behoove Nate to get back inside the Octagon and make some money or continue his hold out and keep on writing the "sad story" that is his MMA career.